The story appears on

Page A16

July 13, 2020

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Soccer

Palace’s Zaha suffers online racial abuse

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been subjected to racist abuse on social media and the forward shared screenshots ahead of yesterday’s English Premier League game at Aston Villa.

The Ivory Coast international tweeted images of the messages he received from an individual on Saturday, which included one of members of the white supremacist organization the Ku Klux Klan.

“This is an absolute disgrace and should not be happening. We stand with you, Wilf, and anyone else who has to suffer such horrific abuse,” Palace said on Twitter.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said the club was working to identify the culprit.

“I think it’s important that it’s being highlighted and everyone seems to be making such an effort to eradicate this kind of behavior,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “The club are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable person is. There’s literally no excuse, at all. It’s totally inexcusable.”

Aston Villa said it was working with the police and would issue a lifetime ban to the culprit.

Former Arsenal and Palace striker Ian Wright offered his support to Zaha.

“People like to make these experiences seem like it’s not the norm for Black people. It’s always an outlier. ‘Not one of us’. ‘Not a real (insert club) fan’,” Wright tweeted. “These are real people and daily experiences. Sooner we accept it the better we can deal with it.”

When the English top flight restarted after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all players had “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts instead of their names in the opening round of games.

Zaha and his Palace teammates took a knee to show their support for the BLM campaign before kickoff, a gesture that has been made by players at every game since the resumption. However, Palace lost the match 0-2, with Trezeguet scoring both goals for hosts Villa.

Earlier, Wolverhampton Wanderers boosted its hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 home win over Everton.

Victory lifted Nuno Espirito Santo’s side up to sixth in the EPL standings with 55 points — four points behind fourth-placed Leicester City, which was playing at Bournemouth later.

Everton remained in 11th place on 45 points, with Carlo Ancelotti’s dreams of European qualification fading with only three games left in the season.




 

Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend