Crystal Palace Find Excrement in Locker Room Prior to Away Match vs. Brighton

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 18, 2013

Brighton manager Gus Poyet is hot after discovering that excrement was found in the Crystal Palace dressing room prior to Monday's English League Championship semifinal loss to the visiting club according to The Guardian

An investigation has reportedly been launched by the club to figure out what exactly occurred and who is responsible for it. The report does mention that it's not believed that Poyet nor his assistant Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway were involved.

Poyet had the following response via an email to employees acquired by The Sun:

For some reason that is still not clear to me, someone during the day had access to the away dressing room and done [sic] something terrible, trying to upset everyone related to Palace. To say it in clear English, someone had a 'poo' all outside the toilets, over and around the toilets…

I am angry that someone within this club could endanger our good reputation and stoop so low. Did they imagine that this would affect the Crystal Palace players? Well possibly it did. It may just have fired them up more.

Well someone made a very bad decision and I think it is time to stand up and take responsibility. Not just the culprit but those employees who are supposed to make our stadium safe and secure.

Crystal Palace won Monday's second leg 2-0 to win by the same score on aggregate and advance to the Championship final against Watford, which is scheduled for Monday, May 27.

Poyet has plenty of reason to be upset following his club's disappointing performance against Crystal Palace. In addition to the unsettling incident prior to kickoff, he was recently suspended by the club for an "unrelated alleged breach of contract," according to The Guardian.

The 45-year-old Poyet is a native of Uruguay and has been with Brighton since 2009. He is better known as a former midfielder for Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Brighton finished fourth in the English League Championship table this season, three points ahead of Crystal Palace. Each team won 3-0 against the other at home during the regular year, but drew at Crystal Palace on May 10 in the first leg of their semifinal clash, three days prior to the incident in question.


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