Crystal Palace star Zaha calls out racist abuse ahead of Aston Villa game

The Cote d’Ivoire international was subjected to terrible racist abuse on social media marketing as the Eagles prepare to handle Dean Smith’s men on Sunday

Wilfried Zaha called out racial abuse on Twitter as Crystal Palace prepare to battle Aston Villa in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

Despite anti-racism protests across England and Europe in reaction to George Floyd’s death, the Cote d’Ivoire star was the most recent target.

The 27-year-old shared the tweet of a fan addressing him as a “black c**t”, while threatening to come quickly to his house dressed as a ghost should that he not score against Dean Smith’s men.

Zaha also posted screenshots of abuse received on numerous accounts on social media marketing.

The former Manchester United man has scored four times in 34 Premier League outings in 2010, with his latest coming in the Eagles’ 3-2 defeat in the home to Chelsea.

Following that effort, manager Roy Hodgson claimed Zaha who hit an individual best of 10 goals last season has came back to his best while backing 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 that he was undoubtedly at the, very top of his game and I see no reason why that he shouldn’t keep that moving in the last four games.”

“I’m convinced we are going to see some very good things from him in these last 360-odd minutes,” he continued.

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“I’m pretty sure also he’ll be looking to try to add to that tally of goals and assists so at the end of the season he is got a little more to show for what he is done in 2010.”

That screamer from the Ivorian which ended his 17-game league drought was the furthest of all his previous 35 recorded in the English elite division.

Before the resumption of English football, Crystal Palace were looking for a spot in the Europa League, but, successive defeats ensured that dream faded in to thin air.

Currently, Roy Hodgson’s men remain 14th in the Premier League log having accrued 42 points from 34 games. Victory over already-relegated Villa will see them end the growing season well.