Crystal Palace reveal they have ‘taken action’ over racist abuse of Wilfried Zaha on social media

Crystal Palace say that have ‘taken action’ after Wilfried Zaha was targeted by racist abuse on social media.

The Premier League club gave no details of when the abuse occurred, but in a strongly-worded statement confirmed their zero-tolerance to the behaviour.

Wilfried Zaha has played in every one of Crystal Palace’s eight Premier League games so far this season

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Wilfried Zaha has played in every one of Crystal Palace’s eight Premier League games so far this season

A statement read: “Crystal Palace Football Club has taken action after one of our players, Wilfried Zaha, has again been subjected to racist abuse on social media.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour being directed at any of our players and will fully support them in dealing with such incidents.

“Any action we can take unilaterally as a club will be taken immediately and we will also seek co-operation from other clubs where relevant, following that we will pursue the matter criminally with the full force of whatever the law allows.”

 

Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out backed Palace’s stance.

A statement read: “We fully support the response from Crystal Palace to the latest incident of vile racist abuse directed at Wilfried Zaha online.

“It’s extremely frustrating to continue to witness hatred on social platforms.


 

“While recognising it is a wider social issue, we utterly condemn the language used and demand that the platforms come forward with appropriate actions.”

Zaha had previously spoken out against online racist abuse he received last season.

The forward was targeted in October 2018 following a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, during which he won a penalty after going down under Granit Xhaka’s challenge.

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Zaha had taken to social media to stand up for himself following the Arsenal game, and subsequently revealed in a post on his Instagram story the abuse had escalated.

He wrote: “For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family I wish you and your families the best too x p.s my life is still very good despite your hate.”

The 26-year-old was further reported to have been subjected to racist abuse in a series of posts on Twitter.





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