Hodgson: Ebere Eze won’t be dropped over Covid-19 breach …Crystal Palace fine playmaker for indiscretion

Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson says Nigeria-born Eberechi Eze will not be dropped from the Eagles trip to the Emirates stadium on Thursday to face Arsenal in a Premier League tie despite showing “naivety” when he became the latest footballer to breach coronavirus protocols last weekend.

The playmaker attended former club Queens Park Rangers’ FA Cup tie with Fulham on Saturday and failed to wear a mask at all times while at Loftus Road.

Eze, 22, was also not socially distanced, with just a seat between him and another person in the directors’ box.

A statement from Palace on Monday insisted they would deal with the matter internally and described his actions as an “error of judgement”.

“It was very disappointing. It was a lot of naivety on his part to think he was OK to do those things. It obviously isn’t,” Hodgson said, ahead of Palace’s game against Arsenal on Thursday.

“He has apologised and will learn a harsh lesson from it and we will have to act internally to make sure it is a lesson well and truly learned.”

Eze will be fined but will not be pulled out of the squad to face Arsenal.

“Does what Eze did deserve leaving him out? I don’t think so,” said Hodgson.

“But it does merit a fine. We take this very seriously. We don’t want our players breaching coronavirus regulations.

“I think he did it naively and foolishly, not a determined gesture to break a rule but he did. We’re not happy at all and we show that by fining him.

“I’m not a big fan of that over the years, but on this occasion, I think this error of judgement deserves it and he has to be cautious not to make them again.”


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