An inspection has revealed that Crystal Palace's training ground kitchen was infested with mice, prompting food hygiene officers to give a zero rating to the facility.
The inspection took place at the training ground facility at the end of August, and it was found that the kitchen had had a mouse infestation for several months. Pest control was called in to the training ground in Beckenham, and as a result, it was closed for a few days.
The report, which was released after a freedom of information request from Kent Live, criticised the club for not acting on the problem and failing to ensure the "safety of the food" that was served to Palace
It also pointed out the poor conditions of the kitchen.
“Personally, I am disappointed as you have failed to ensure the safety of the food you are producing and feeding your staff. It is clear that you haven’t managed the problem effectively and the activity has been ongoing for several months."
Palace did offer a potential reason for the infestation as being related to building work and were quoted by The Times as saying: