Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says he was called a ‘black monkey’ by Manchester United and Liverpool fans on social media.
The 24-year-old revealed he had suffered racial abuse in a message posted on Instagram after his club’s 2-0 win over West Brom in Hong Kong on Saturday.
The name-calling didn’t happen on the pitch during the match, but afterwards on social media, the 24-year-old said.
“If Man United and Liverpool fans feel better by calling me a black monkey in my messages… feel free to carry on if it makes your day better,” wrote Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international once played for Manchester United, but left the club to join Palace on a full-time basis in 2015 following several loan spells.
Zaha also came in for some rough treatment from West Brom during Saturday’s match, with new Palace boss Frank de Boer criticising some of the challenges he faced.
“If you want to sell the product of the Premier League and the beauty of the game, the beauty is not those kind of challenges,” De Boer said.
“Of course, when it’s a fair challenge, it’s no problem, but for example they were really looking for Wilfried Zaha, so we cannot accept that.
“He is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and I don’t want to think about him being out for a couple of weeks or months.
“The first challenge on him should have been a yellow card and then the player knows that he cannot do another one, but instead you give him the permit to do another challenge.
“I have to give Wilf a compliment because he stayed calm, spoke with his feet and made a big step forward.
“Because of his speed, quality and technique, sometimes he will get past two or three players and he is so fast, he will get fouled a lot.
“If the referee looks back, then he could have had two or three more fouls in his favour.”