Wilfried Zaha reveals Instagram posts calling him ‘n *****’ and ‘cute’ received after Crystal Palace’s victory in Man City as winger accuses social media companies of not taking him seriously racism theme.
Wilfried Zaha has revealed a disgusting racist abuse that was sent to him after Crystal Palace’s win over Manchester City when he asked social media to take action.
The 28-year-old Palace winger posted a series of screenshots calling him ‘n *****’, ‘monkey’ and ‘chimp’ in private messages sent to him on Instagram.
Zaha scored Palace’s first goal, his 50th in the Premier League, when they claimed an unexpected victory at the title-chasing City on Saturday afternoon.
Wilfried Zaha was subjected to racist abuse after Crystal Palace’s victory over Man City
Zaha shared screenshots of some of the offensive messages, privately received on Instagram, while asking social media companies to do more to combat the problem.
He was also fouled by Aymeric Laporte in first-half injury time, leading to the city defender receiving a red card. Conor Gallagher sealed the three points at the end.
It appears that the victory led to Zaha receiving a barrage of racist abuse and she shared a few examples on her Instagram Stories Saturday night.
He wrote: ‘This message is not for me to get a million messages saying that we are with you and that it is disgusting or that I am receiving sympathy.
‘I’m not here for all the nonsense being done instead of fixing the real problem!
Zaha shared five screenshots showing the racist abuse received on Instagram on Saturday.
Zaha demanded more action from social media companies (right) to combat racist abuse
‘I don’t mind the abuse because nowadays it comes with doing the work that I do, although it is not an excuse, but my color will always be the real problem. But that’s okay because I’ll always be BLACK AND PROUD!
Talk to me when you take this problem seriously. [sic].
It is not the first time that Zaha has been a victim of racial abuse on social media.
A 12-year-old boy was arrested last summer for sending racially offensive messages to Zaha on Instagram.
Zaha celebrates after scoring Crystal Palace’s first goal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday
The winger was fouled by Aymeric Laporte, prompting the defender to receive a red card.
The player shared images of the messages received, including one showing members of the white supremacist organization Ku Klux Klan. The boy underwent education sessions.
In February, Zaha said he would stop kneeling before matches, as is customary in the Premier League. He said at the time that players “should stand tall” and that kneeling was “degrading.”
In March, he called on social media companies to take stronger action against online abuse.
“As a society, I think we should encourage better education in schools, and social media companies should crack down on people who abuse others online, not just footballers,” he said.