Wilfried Zaha, Ivorian and Crystal Palace Winger has called on appropriate authorities to take racism seriously. This call was made after he was racially abused after his side recorded 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium over the weekend, against the defending premier league champions, Manchester City.
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The 28-year-old who opened the scoreline for his side at the 6th minute of the game shared series of racist themed messages he received on Instagram and also demanded right action to be taken regargarding the issue rather than sympathy. In his words;
“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!
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“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,”.
Wilfried Zaha made history on Saturday when he scored against Manchester City to become the first player in history to score 50 top-flight goals for Crystal Palace (Selhurst Park Stadium) since it became operational in 1924.
Patrick Vieira’s side led the match with a 1-nill win in the first half, and then moving to beat the 10-man Manchester City with a 2-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium in the second half,
following Aymeric Jean Louis Gérard Alphonse Laporte’s red card at the stoppage time of the first half, when he committed a professional foul by bringing down Wilfried Zaha 35 yards from the City goal.