Palace captain Milivojevic sorry for NYE Covid-19 controversy


rystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has apologised for an apparent breach of Covid-19 guidelines on New Year’s Eve, admitting that he let “the fans, the club, my manager and teammates down”.

Milivojevic started in Palace’s 2-0 Premier League win against Sheffield United on Saturday despite pictures emerging on social media on Friday of the midfielder appearing to be at a New Year’s Eve gathering with Fulham striker and fellow Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic.

On Wednesday evening, Milivojevic issued a statement on Palace’s website apologising for his actions, and announced he will be making a donation to a local NHS service.

“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.”

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