EBERECHI EZE will escape the axe for being a Covidiot – however Roy Hodgson says he feels let down by his star.
The Crystal Palace ace, 22, breached virus rules by watching former club QPR take on Fulham on Saturday and sat near buddies whereas not sporting a facemask.
Eberechi Eze, left, has been fined by Crystal Palace for his Covid rule breach – however will not be dropped for ArsenalCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
However Eze remains to be anticipated to face Arsenal tonight, regardless of Hodgson warning his gamers solely final week that no extra cock-ups could be allowed after skipper Luka Milivojevic was caught attending a New Yr’s Eve get together.
Eagles boss Hodgson mentioned: “It needs to be on a person foundation and if you’re asking me if I believe the silly factor Eberechi did deserves him being overlooked of the crew, then I don’t
“I don’t assume it deserves that type of punishment however it does advantage a advantageous.
“A slap on the wrist isn’t actually sufficient, he’s bought to grasp that we take this very severely.
“Am I feeling let down? Sure, after all. It was very disappointing and numerous naivety on his half to assume he can do these issues.
“We’re very upset about it and a bit dissatisfied he was not stopped.
“I do know QPR have finished properly and brought some duty as, had we recognized that he would do this, we’d have stopped him.
“He apologised and will definitely be taught a harsh lesson.”
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Eze was noticed breaking Covid guidelines at previous membership QPR’s FA Cup conflict final weekendCredit score: Rex Options
Hodgson continued: “We are going to act internally to take measures to make sure it’s a lesson that’s properly and really realized.
“We aren’t pleased with him in any respect and the one approach we are able to present that’s by fining him.
“I can solely hope this gained’t occur once more.”
In the meantime, Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne is close to signing a new deal along with his short-term contract expiring on the finish of the month.
However the 29-year-old has finished sufficient to point out Hodgson he can nonetheless combine it on the highest levelso will signal till past the top of the present marketing campaign.
Hodgson mentioned: “It was important we bought somebody in who might compete with Joel Ward, and Nathaniel has finished that with flying colors.
“He’s finished exceptionally properly and I’m delighted the membership’s been capable of see their technique to negotiating a brand new contract with him.”