Luka Milivojevic issues apology after flouting Covid rules
Crystal Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic issues apology after flouting Covid rules at New Year’s Eve party with Aleksandar Mitrovic… as he insists ‘my responsibilities go beyond football’ before revealing he will make a donation to local NHS service
- Luka Milivojevic was filmed at a New Year’s Eve party with Aleksandar Mitrovic
- The pair came under heavy criticism amid the soaring rise in Covid cases
- Now Crystal Palace skipper Milivojevic has issued an apology for his actions
- He was one of several Premier League stars to flout rules over festive period
Luka Milivojevic has apologised after breaking Covid rules by attending a New Year’s Eve party alongside Serbian team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The pair were filmed celebrating together by Mitrovic’s partner Kristina Janjic at the New Year’s Eve party in London, with the footage having been posted on Instagram.
Fulham striker Mitrovic and Crystal Palace captain Milivojevic were seen celebrating indoors with at least seven other people, with the words ‘Happy New Year 2021’ accompanying the video.
Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic (left) celebrates at a New Year’s Eve party with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (right)
Milivojevic has since issued an apology after flouting Covid rules amid a soaring rise in cases
And now Milivojevic has issued an apology, insisting he is ‘very sorry’ to anyone who has been hurt by his actions.
A statement on Palace’s website read: ‘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 team-mates 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.’
Despite his actions, Milivojevic started and kept the captain’s armband vs Sheffield United
Milivojevic’s actions came under heavy criticism amid a soaring rise in Covid cases in the UK, which has led to another national lockdown.
During the festive period, Government rules stated that people who lived in Tier 4 areas such as London ‘must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.’
Despite his actions, Milivojevic was selected by Roy Hodgson and kept the captain’s armband for their victory over Sheffield United on January 2.
But Hodgson did warn his skipper that he would be punished for breaking the stringent restrictions.
‘We condemn it, we certainly apologise for it,’ Palace manager Hodgson said following the 2-0 win over the Blades. ‘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.’
Three Spurs stars and a West Ham player (identified above) broke rules to party despite Covid-19 restrictions in place over the Christmas period
Benjamin Mendy was also caught breaking Government regulations over the festive period
Milivojevic and Mitrovic were just two of several Premier League stars to break the Covid rules over the festive period.
Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon were pictured attending a Christmas party alongside West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini amid the new mutant Covid strain.
And finally, Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy was also caught breaking Government regulations by hosting a New Year’s Eve party.
Mendy broke Government restrictions by inviting two friends and a chef to his £5million mansion to see in 2021.
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