Crystal Palace boss gives Zaha full backing after winger reveals racist abuse

Roy Hodgson has condemned the racist abuse aimed at Wilfried Zaha after Crystal Palace’s draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

The Eagles star used his Instagram  page – where he more than 478,000 followers – to reveal that he has suffered online slurs.

Zaha was fouled by Granit Xhaka in the second half at Selhurst Park with Luka Milivojevic stepping up to strike a deserved equaliser home.

“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,” Zaha wrote on his social media site.

Eagles boss Hodgson said: “It’s fairly obvious that at my stage of life, I don’t have any sympathy for people who use these platforms to abuse other people.

“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way.

“I don’t think there are many people out there, expect perhaps the odd Twitter troll, who knows no better and who believes that racially abusing people, or threatening people, is the right way to go.”

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