Ivory Coast and Crystal Palace foward has been subjected to racial abuse online as a Villa fan on Twitter sent him a direct message threatening him in bid to make him lose focus on the match against Aston Villa today.
The former Man United attacker posted the screenshots of the messages the racist villa fan sent on Twitter early hours before the eagles take on Aston Villa. Since the restart, the English Premier League has thrown its weight behind the fight for anti-racism protests across England and Europe in response to America’s George Floyd’s death.
Wilf revealed the tweet of the anonymous fan calling him a “black c**t”, he also promised to appear in Wilfred’s apartment dressed as a ghost if he scores against Dean Smith’s men.
The post had an image of the Ku Klux Klan , Ku Klux Klan is an American white supremacist hate group whose primary targets are African Americans, as well as Jews, immigrants, leftists and homosexuals.
Crystal Palace have reacted to the situation through their Twitter handle.
“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 also responded below Zara’s tweet by issuing a statement and assuring Wilfred of protection including the arrest of the racist.
“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 racist act from the anonymous individual is an opposite to the Premier League’s gospel of Black Lives Matter, players wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their kits and taking a knee at kick-off before all fixtures.
The Ivory Coast international has played 34 Premier League games this term and finding the back of the net four times, his recent goal came in the London derby’ 3-2 defeat at home to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
After the match, Head Coach Roy Hodgson feels that Zaha who got a personal best of 10 goals in the last campaign has returned to his best while telling 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.”
That screamer from the Ivorian put an end to his 17 league game drought .
Crystal Palace were a contender for a place in the Europa League, but, successive defeats since the restart has ensured that the goal didn’t come into reality.
The Selhurst Park Lords sit 14th on the Premier League table having ammased 42 points from 34 games. A victory over already-relegated Villa will see them end the season on high.