Zaha racially abused following Crystal Palace’s win over Manchester City

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scoring goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scores a goal past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images via CFP)

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has called on authorities in the UK to take racism seriously after he received online racist abuse following his side’s victory over Manchester City on Saturday.

The Cote d’Ivoire international netted Crystal Palace’s first goal in the 2-0 win, becoming the first player to score 50 Premier League goals for the Eagles.

Following that result, Zaha became the victim of online racist abuse. He posted a series of messages that he had received on Instagram on Saturday night.

“I’m not here for all the nonsense that is being done instead of fixing the actual problem!” he said.

“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.

“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!

“Speak to me when you actually take this issue seriously.”

In February, the 28-year-old announced that he would stop taking the knee before games, saying it was a “degrading gesture.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month called on world soccer governing body FIFA to take action against “disgraceful” racist abuse meted on players.

Johnson’s call came following reports of racist abuse against black England Players following their loss to Italy at EURO 2020.

He urged FIFA to take “strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”