Ivorian international Wilfried Zaha has called on authorities to take racism seriously after he was sent racist abuse after their 2-0 with over-defending champions Manchester City. The 28-year-old posted a series of racist messages he had received on Instagram on Saturday night after the game.
Wilfried Zaha Reacts to Racist Abuse he got on Instagram
The Crystal Palace forward said he wanted action over the issue rather than sympathy. According to him he said: “I’m not here for all the nonsense that is being done instead of fixing the actual problem!”
“I don’t mind abuse because nowadays it comes with doing the job I do even though it’s not an excuse but my colour will always be the real problem, it’s fine because I’ll always be BLACK AND PROUD!
“This message isn’t for me to get a million messages saying we stand with you and it’s disgusting or about me getting sympathy,” Zaha wrote on Instagram. Zaha told the authorities to only talk to him when they have taken actions against the offenders.
Wilfried Zaha became the first player to score 50 top-flight goals for Crystal Palace on Saturday as they beat 10-man Manchester City with a 2-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium.
Man City’s Aymeric Laporte was sent off by referee Andre Marriner in first-half stoppage time when he committed a professional foul by bringing down Wilfried Zaha 35 yards from the City goal