Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha again calls for action from social media giants after racial abuse

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Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha received racial abuse on social media following his side’s away win at Manchester City on Saturday.

The forward, who scored the opener after six minutes, posted images of the abusive messages he was sent on his Instagram account following the game and once again urged social media companies to take action.

“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’m not here for all the nonsense that’s being done instead of fixing the actual problem.

“I don’t mind abuse because nowadays it comes with doing the job I do even though it’s not an excuse but my colour will always be the real problem but it’s fine because I’ll always be BLACK AND PROUD.

“Speak to me when you actually take this issue seriously.”

Several players have been subjected to racial abuse online in recent months, especially in the Premier League, and English soccer has been urging social media firms to do more to tackle the problem.

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

Additional reporting from Reuters

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