Club sources have confirmed the incident, reported by The Sun, had occurred.
It sparked a furious email to club staff from Brighton manager Gus Poyet, whose side lost the home leg of the semi-final tie 2-0 to miss out on a shot at promotion at Wembley.
Poyet was suspended by Brighton on Thursday along with assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway. However, it is understood the club are not pointing the finger for the dressing-room incident at any of the trio.
Poyet's email to employees, reported in The Sun, said: "I am angry that someone within this club could endanger our good reputation and stoop so low.
"Did they imagine 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."
Poyet, who has been linked with a move to Fulham as well as taking over from David Moyes at Everton, also criticised the club's marketing ploy to create more noise inside the stadium by handing clappers to the home fans.
He added: "It was an extremely silly idea and the result was an annoying noise."
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