Crystal Palace to fine Eberechi Eze for coronavirus breach

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Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze (left) watches the match from the stands during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says Eberechi Eze will be fined for breaching Covid-19 protocols after attending last Saturday’s FA Cup tie between his former club QPR and Fulham.

Eze was not granted permission to watch the third round clash at the Loftus Road and is under FA investigation for his action.

Although the winger returned with a negative coronavirus test before the match, Hodgson disclosed he will be fined internally but won’t be dropped from his squad.

“It was very disappointing of course. I think it’s a lot of naivety on his part to think it was okay to do those things – it obviously isn’t,” Hodgson told the club’s official website.

“We’re very upset about it and a bit disappointed too that he wasn’t actually stopped from going.

“I know QPR have done well in that respect and taken some responsibility because of course had we known, we would have stopped it happening. He’s apologised, of course, and he’s certainly learned a harsh lesson from it. We’ll certainly act internally to take measures to make certain it’s a lesson he’s well and truly learned.”

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