Cops are examining racist messages sent to footballer Wilfried Zaha ahead of Crystal Palace’s game against AstonVilla
Zaha, who likewise bets the Ivory Coast, shared screenshots of the Instagram messages on Sunday early morning – hours prior to the game started at Villa Park.
The messages, which appear to have actually been sent by an Aston Villa fan, utilized extremely offensive racist terms and consisted of photos of the Ku Klux Klan.
He shared them on his Twitter page, with the caption: “Woke up to this today.”
West Midlands Cops reacted to the tweet stating: “Hi Wilfried, we are looking into who the owner of this account is and would encourage you to report it to your local police force too.”
Crystal Palace’s manager Roy Hodgson stated he completely supports the 27- year-old’s decision to go public about the abuse and added that both clubs are looking to recognize the individual accountable.
He stated: “It is really saddening on the day of a game that a gamer awakens to this despicable and afraid abuse.
“I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don’t think it is something he should keep quiet about. There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.”
There was likewise a profusion of assistance for Zaha from football fans on Twitter, after his post built up thousands of shares and likes.
Aston Villa are currently in the transfer zone in the Premier League, with simply 3 games of the season staying.