Luka Milivojevic has released a statement, apologising for his actions, after a video was leaked of he and Aleksandar Mitrovic dancing at a house party on New Year’s Eve.
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The following statement was published on the Crystal Palace website:
“I want to publicly apologise for my actions on New Year’s Eve. As captain of Crystal Palace Football Club I am fully aware that my responsibilities go beyond football, and that in this instance, I have let the fans, the club, my manager and teammates down.”
“In what is a really difficult and challenging moment for everyone, I am truly grateful that I am able to continue to do the job I love and I do not take this for granted. I am very sorry to anyone who has been made to feel angry, hurt or upset by my actions.”
“I am making a donation to the local NHS service to help them continue their incredible work in our community fighting this virus.”
The Serbian midfielder has so far managed only 9 starts this season, despite having acted as a mainstay in the Crystal Palace midfield during the previous campaign. He could now also face punishment from the club for his recent actions.
Hodgson condemns Milivojevic
Roy Hodgson was drawn on the matter over the weekend, and condemned Milivojevic’s decision-making, despite having utilised the 29-year-old during his side’s latest outing.
“We condemn it, we certainly apologise for it,” said Hodgson after his side’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United. “I’m certain Luka will as well. As far as I’m concerned he should take responsibility for that.
“It’s an internal matter and we will deal with it, but there’s literally nothing positive I can say on the matter.”
When asked about the reaction of Palace’s supporters to the news, Hodgson appeared bewildered. Some fans were unhappy with the fact that Milivojevic was permitted to feature against Sheffield United:
“I’m afraid I’m not in contact with the 20-odd thousand Palace fans that we have, so I find comments like that impossible to comment on.”
“I am rather surprised if there’s an outcry from Palace fans knowing that they are more concerned basically with us winning football matches, of course, and not breaching Premier League protocols, but on the other hand this is a breach of government guidelines and we apologise for it.”
Palace face Wolves in the 3rd round of the FA Cup this weekend, before a league meeting with Arsenal. Having played against Sheffield United, Milivojevic will likely not face any time on the sidelines.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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