Wilfried Zaha urges Instagram to take racist abuse “seriously”

Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has been the victim of racist abuse online and the 28-year-old has shared screenshots of some of the comments following Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester City.

Zaha, who scored the game’s first goal at the Etihad Stadium, was knocked down by Aymeric Laporte, which saw the City defender receive a consecutive red card in the first half timeout.

The Ivorian international, who has previously been targeted online, posted images of the racist messages he received on Instagram after the game and called on social media companies to take the issue seriously.

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“This message is not for me to receive a million messages saying ‘we are by your side’ and ‘this is disgusting’ or that I am getting sympathy”, Zaha wrote on Instagram. “I’m not here for all the nonsense that is done instead of solving the real problem.

“I don’t mind abusing because today it comes from doing the job I do even if it’s not an excuse but my color will always be the real problem but it’s okay because I will be always BLACK AND PROUD.

“Talk to me when you really take this problem seriously.”

Facebook, owner of Instagram, did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Several players have faced racial abuse online in recent months, particularly in the Premier League, and English football has urged social media companies to do more to tackle the issue.

Instagram previously announced new measures and Twitter has pledged to continue its efforts after taking action on cases of football-related abuse in Britain.

Earlier this year, Zaha said he would stop “kneeling” before games as part of England’s football anti-racism campaign because he believed the meaning of the “degrading” gesture had been lost.

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