Roy Hodgson upset by Luka Milivojevic’s Covid-19 guidelines breach but safeguards selecting Crystal Palace captain
A disappointed Roy Hodgson has actually condemned Luka Milivojevic’s apparent breach of Covid-19 guidelines, though firmly insisted there were no worries over playing the Crystal Palace captain against Sheffield United.
Milivojevic began in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the unlucky Blades at Selhurst Park after photos had actually emerged on social media on Friday of the midfielder seeming at a gathering on New Year’s Eve with Fulham striker and fellow Serbian global Aleksandar Mitrovic.
” I understand about it and undoubtedly we condemn it,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “We’re mad about it, it doesn’t do the image of the club, it doesn’t do Luka’s image any great, however we’ll take obligation for that as I anticipate Luka to take obligation for it.
” He hasn’t broken Premier League protocols per se due to the fact that he’s negative and I think the other player involved was unfavorable as well. However that doesn’t matter, the truth is that there are government guidelines.
” These guidelines are there for the entire world to follow and when prominent people like football gamers break those rules and standards, it is a matter of issue and we will handle it internally.”
Asked if he thought about not playing Milivojevic versus Sheffield United for worry of putting his team-mates and opponents at danger, Hodgson responded: “We understand he didn’t put the other team at risk due to the fact that he’s been cleared by the Premier League protocols to play. He’s negative.
” We also know that the gamer that was with him has evaluated unfavorable, so there was no concern of fearing we were putting the other team at risk.
” It’s not a concern of dangers here on this football pitch, the dangers naturally come when people break government standards with regard to other individuals in the population. But most importantly of all, it’s a question of if other people are following the guidelines and not breaking the guidelines, we don’t expect footballers to.”
Hodgson also validated that Milivojevic has apologised for the breach and dismissed recommendations that the Serbian could be stripped of the Palace captaincy.
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Fulham state they are looking into the incident likewise including striker Aleksandar MitrovicGetty Images
” I need to state I ‘d be rather amazed if there was an outcry from Crystal Palace fans understanding they are more worried about us winning football matches … to suggest it ought to impact upon him playing and losing the captaincy is taking it somewhat too far,” he said.
Fulham saw their midweek all-London clash with Tottenham postponed due to a Covid-19 break out at the club, while Sunday’s go to of Burnley to Craven Cottage has actually also been aborted after an increase in cases.
A Fulham statement on the incident involving Mitrovic read: “Following reports relating to Aleksandar Mitrovic breaking Tier 4 restrictions and Fulham Covid procedures, the club is looking into the matter fully as it takes a breach of the rules incredibly seriously.
” The gamer understands the club’s disappointment and of the requirements that are expected of him. The matter will now be handled internally.”
The alleged breach of Covid-19 standards by Milivojevic and Mitrovic comes after Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon and West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini were visualized together at a Christmas party, causing apologies from the gamers and condemnation from both clubs.
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