After starting and playing 90 minutes in Palace’s 1-0 third-round defeat by Wolves at Molineux on Friday night, the England Under-21 international was pictured watching yesterday’s behind-closed-doors west London derby at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Eze sat in the director’s box as QPR exited the FA Cup courtesy of extra-time efforts from Fulham duo Bobby Decordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano.
Standard Sport understands that Eze was invited to the match by QPR, with the FA sanctioning the visit subject to social distancing guidelines being observed.
However, in pictures Eze can be seen not wearing a face mask.
“I’ve no idea whether he broke protocols or not. You’d have to ask our health and safety officer because that’s above my pay-grade,” QPR manager Mark Warburton said after the game.
“I want to talk about the game. What other players do in their own time, I can’t comment on that. It’s not my area of expertise. Far from it.”
Crystal Palace have been contacted for comment.
Last week, Eagles captain Luka Milivojevic was criticised and issued an apology after appearing to breach Covid-19 guidelines by attending a New Year’s Eve gathering with Fulham striker and fellow Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“I want to publicly apologise for my actions on New Year’s Eve,” Milivojevic wrote. “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.”
Palace boss Roy Hodgson had earlier expressed his frustration at Milivojevic’s actions, saying: “We’re very upset about it, it doesn’t do the image of the club, it doesn’t do Luka’s image any good”.