Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha subjected to racist abuse online

Wilfried Zaha takes a knee prior to Crystal Palace's Premier League match with Aston Villa on Sunday

A statement tweeted by West Midlands Police following Palace's 2-0 loss at Villa Park read: "We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy".

Zaha posted a series of screenshots sent to him on Instagram, with the Ivory Coast worldwide tweeting: "Woke up to this today".

Zaha posted screenshots of the messages prior to kickoff - all of them coming from an Instagram account belonging to a Villa fan.

"The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken into custody".

Since scoring against Bournemouth - which saw him eclipse Tony Yeboah's record as the highest-scoring Ghanaian in the Premier League history, the 28-year-old has gone on a run of four games without a goal as he aims his first double-figure in England. "Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won't be tolerated", the police force tweeted.

Before kickoff, both sets of players took the knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

"We condemn all forms of racial discrimination and stand with @CPFC".


The Premier League has launched a reporting system to allow players to report abuse that can be followed up by authorities.

"It's very sad that on the day of a game a player should wake up to this cowardly and despicable abuse".

Mile Jedinak, formerly with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa has retired from football aged 35.

Palace paid tribute on Twitter, calling Jedinak "a leader of men and a club legend".

"I think it is right that Wilfried made people aware of it, I don't think this is something you should keep quiet about. We stand with you, Wilf, and anyone else who has to suffer such horrific abuse".

"There is literally no excuse".

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has led the condemnation of racist abuse aimed at Wilfried Zaha, praising the player for going public with the attack.

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