Despite his captain violating government guidelines on New Year’s Eve, Boss Roy Hodgson maintained that Crystal Palace had the right to field Luka Milivojevic in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United. Pictures appeared on social media on Friday showing the Serbian international on December 31 with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and both their families.
As London plays in the fourth division and it is not permitted to combine households, both have violated government guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic. While Hodgson is disappointed in his captain, after both players returned negative tests for Covid-19, he emphasized that it was correct to pick the midfielder. Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace played in the win over Sheffield United (Rui Vieira/PA) “In that respect, we weren’t worried about breaking any Premier League protocols and so I think it was right that Luka played the game,” the Palace manager said. “It was about the fact that he had his Serbian colleague Mitrovic with him in his household, so it’s a clear violation of coronavirus rules. “We condemn it, we definitely apologize for it, and I’m sure Luka will do the same. He has to take full responsibility for it, as far as I am concerned. “It’s an internal matter that we will deal with, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing positive I can say about this matter. ” #CPFC | #CRYSHU pic.twitter.com/evDJOeDBlG- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 2, 2021 Despite Mitrovic’s club Fulham needing to postpone games against Tottenham and Burnley due to a coronavirus outbreak, Hodgson maintained that the 29-year-old losing the captaincy or being dropped from the squad for the match against Sheffield United was far-fetched. Following news of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s violation of Tier 4 restrictions and Fulham Covid protocols, the club is extensively investigating the matter as it takes very seriously any breach of the rules. The player is aware of the club’s disappointment and the expectations demanded of him. On the pitch, the Eagles coach was able to look back on an enjoyable af af. Com/LbuiVbVXEB- Palace of Crystal F.C. (@CPFC) January 2, 2021While coach Chris Wilder admitted he was grasping straws, he was disappointed with Eze’s goal as at the end of the first 45 minutes, just five minutes of stoppage time were tacked on. “I hear the fourth official counting down when the ball was on the other side, from 20 to 10 and that’s it,” said the manager of the Blades. It’s naive, you have to get off to a solid start in the role we’re in and to concede a goal in the first few minutes really sets us back. “The post-match reaction of Chris Wilder – Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 2, 2021 “He said ‘that’s it’ about five times. It was ‘that’s it’ when the ball came back to the center-back and when it found its way into the middle of the park it wa wa ‘. It was up at the end, even though we had a corner, but he wanted the corner to be taken. I don’t understand that, but it was our naivety and poor play, because the goal didn’t stop us, and we had to climb a mountain after that.