Crystal Palace striker, Wilfried Zaha has urged authorities to take action against racists after he was racially abused on Instagram.
The incident happened after Zaha led Crystal Palace to visit Etihad Stadium on Saturday, October 30, to play a league game that did not end as most football fans expected.
Wilfried Zaha stunned the home team when he scored the first goal of the match in the 6th minute. He was also involved in the challenge that led to City’s Aymeric Laporte’s red card offense towards the end of the first half.
The early goal and the red card destabilized coach Pep Guardiola‘s plans so badly that the coach could not find a means to change the outcome of the game. In the 88th minute, Crystal Palace ended the hope of Manchester City of getting a point from the game thanks to a goal from Gallagher.
After the 0-2 win over Manchester City, Wilfried Zaha posted a series of screenshots of the racist abuse he received after the Premier League game via his Instagram story.
In his message, he urged people not to feel sympathetic about the racist abuse against him but to take action that could end racism on social media.
Wilfried Zaha declared that no amount of abuse would stop him from being proud of the color of his skin. The 28-year-old Cote d’Ivoire international insisted that taking a knee would not stop racists from attacking people.
“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,” Zaha wrote on Instagram.
“I don’t mind abuse because nowadays it comes with doing the job I do even though it’s not an excuse but my color 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.”
Crystal Palace striker, Wilfried Zaha is among the few Premier League players that don’t longer taking a knee in solidarity with the fight against racism.
He has argued that taking a knee is not enough. He has been agitating for more policy changes that would discourage racists from using social media to attack people.
Just like other people who have suffered racism in one way or the other, Zaha awaits to see the action social media executives would take against racists.
Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha’s goal against Manchester City on Saturday, October 30, was his 50th Premier League goal for Crystal Palace.
The winger took to his Instagram page to celebrate the milestone by writing: “Happy to get my 50th goal today 🙏🏿 Amazing performance from the team today to get the deserved win”.