Cote d’Ivoire international was a victim of racial slurs and abuses on social media as the Eagles prepare to take on Dean Smith’s men.
Zaha called out racial abuses directed at him over Twitter as his team prepares to face Aston Villa.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, racism was called out across the world including England. However, Zaha became the Latest Victim of racism.
The 27-year-old shared the tweet of a fan addressing him as a “black c**t” while threatening to come to his house dressed as a ghost should he not score against Dean Smith’s men. The post was accompanied by a picture of the KKK clan.
The club responded to the incidence on twitter, “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 tweeted.
West Midlands police have also issued a statement, vowing to pursue the perpetrator.
“Hi Wilfried, we are looking into who the owner of this account is,” the statement began, “and would encourage you to report it to your local police force too.”
This seems to be in stark contrast with the latest decision of the Premier League teams to support the “black lives matter ” with players continuing to wear the BLM logo on their kits and taking a knee at kick-off before all fixtures.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson claimed Zaha who hit a personal best of 10 goals last season has returned to his best while backing him to maintain his new-found form.
“He’s had some good games during this period and some games where I’m sure that he’ll have said he can do better,” Hodgson was quoted by the Standard.
“The other night he was certainly at the very, very top of his game and I see no reason why he shouldn’t keep that going in the last four games.”
“I’m convinced we’re going to see some very good things from him in these last 360-odd minutes,” he continued.
“I’m pretty sure also he’ll be looking to try and add to that tally of goals and assists so at the end of the season he’s got a bit more to show for what he’s done this season.”
Before the resumption of league, Crystal Palace was aiming for a Europa League qualifications but successive defeats after the resumption ensured that dream was over.
Currently, Palace sits on the 14 places with 42 points From 34 games, and a victory over relegation bound villa could put them in a good finishing position.