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Crystal Palace investigating Mamadou Sakho after he was pictured in Salt Bae’s Dubai restaurant

MAMADOU SAKHO could be in hot water at Crystal Palace after footage of him at a Dubai restaurant without social distancing.

The defender, 30, is in Dubai for rehab on a thigh problem at the Fifa Centre of Medical Excellence.

He is permitted to travel on work grounds but was filmed on the Instagram of Salt Bae handing an Eagles shirt to the famous chef in front of a crowd.

Palace are understood to be disappointed as they expect players to observe UK social-distancing rules, even when abroad, and are investigating.

It comes after skipper Luka Milivojevic broke Covid rules by attending a New Year’s Eve party.

Midfielder Eberechi Eze was also fined for watching his old club QPR in an FA Cup tie.

After Milivojevic's breach, Roy Hodgson admitted his disappointment at the incident.

He said: "I know about it and obviously we condemn it.

"We’re very upset about it, it doesn’t do the image of the club, it doesn’t do Luka’s image any good, but we’ll take responsibility for that as I expect Luka to take responsibility for it.

"He hasn’t broken Premier League protocols per se because he’s negative and I believe the other player involved was negative as well.


"But that doesn’t matter, the fact is that there are government guidelines.

"These guidelines are there for the whole world to follow and when high-profile people like football players break those rules and guidelines, it is a matter of concern and we will deal with it internally."

On Thursday, Palace signed striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, 23, on an 18-month loan from Mainz with the option to buy.

Mateta said: “I’ll show the fans what I can do.”

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