Wilfried Zaha reveals racist abuse and death threats

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has revealed he suffered racist abuse and threats to his family following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Zaha was awarded a late penalty after being caught in the area by Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka, with Luka Milivojevic converting the resulting penalty to earn Palace a point and end Arsenal’s winning run in all competitions at 11 matches.

Following the game at Selhurst Park, Xhaka said in a post-match television interview he thought the incident had been a “clear penalty”.

Nevertheless, Zaha again found himself in the spotlight, with accusations he had gone to ground after a delayed reaction.

Zaha took to social media to defend himself following the match, and subsequently revealed in a post on his Instagram story on Tuesday that he and his family had suffered abuse.

“For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family I wish you and your families the best too x p.s my life is still very good despite your hate,” he wrote.

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