Controversy at Crystal Palace as Luka Milivojević starts vs Sheffield United, despite breaking Covid protocols on NYE

A potential fallout is on the cards at Crystal Palace, after captain Luka Milivojevic was permitted to start the club’s meeting with Sheffield United, despite having seemingly broken Covid-19 protocols just days ago.

Controversy at Crystal Palace as Luka Milivojević starts vs Sheffield United, despite breaking Covid protocols on NYE

Schlupp & Eze on target

Roy Hodgson’s men are currently locked in action with the Blades at Selhurst Park.

Palace headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having not managed a single win across their last 5 in the Premier League.

And, as things stand, a bounce-back 3 points is precisely what the capital outfit are headed towards.

The hosts opened the afternoon’s scoring inside the opening 4 minutes, when a gorgeously worked team move eventually saw Christian Benteke slip in Jeffrey Schlupp, who went on to pick out the bottom corner with style:

Then, on the stroke of half-time, Sheffield United’s hopes of dragging themselves back into things were dealt a hammer blow.

This time it was a stroke of individual magic which saw the Blades undone, as substitute Eberechi Eze drove forward from his own half, dancing beyond the visitors’ midfield, before slotting home from just outside the area:

Mili’s questionable actions

As outlined above, however, whilst things on the pitch are currently going swimmingly for Palace, in the aftermath of the clash, questions may well need to be answered.

This comes with Luka Milivojevic having been utilised from the off by Roy Hodgson this afternoon.

Serbian midfielder and Eagles captain Milivojevic has seen his name catch the headlines over the last 24 hours, on the back of the emergence of a series of posts on social media.

The 29-year-old was both photographed and recorded alongside fellow countryman Aleksandar Mitrovic at a New Year’s Eve gathering on Thursday night, in Instagram posts which have since been deleted by the Fulham star’s wife, Kristina Janjic.

Controversy at Crystal Palace as Luka Milivojević starts vs Sheffield United, despite breaking Covid protocols on NYE Controversy at Crystal Palace as Luka Milivojević starts vs Sheffield United, despite breaking Covid protocols on NYE

7 other individuals were also spotted in the footage in question, one of whom came in the form of Milivojevic’s wife, Milica.

Such a gathering of course marked a serious breach of the current Covid-19 protocols in place in London, which insist that those living in the capital ‘must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.’

It now remains to be seen whether Palace deem it necessary to release a post-game statement regarding the matter.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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