Wilfried Zaha has called for action to continue to be taken against racism after a 12-year-old boy was arrested in Birmingham for sending disgusting messages to the Crystal Palace star.
Ahead of Palace’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, Zaha revealed the vile abuse he had received from a fan who sent him disturbing and racist images on Instagram.
‘You better not score tomorrow you black c***. Or I’ll come to your house dressed as a ghost,’ one of the messages read.
Police acted quickly to Zaha’s post, arresting a boy from Solihull who had been identified as the person who sent the messages.
Zaha has worked tirelessly to address racism in football and released a statement in the wake of the arrest.
‘I wanted to come on here to thank you all for your messages of support,’ Zaha said.
‘I would also like to thank West Midlands Police for their swift action in making an arrest.
‘People need to understand that whatever your age, your behaviour and your words come with consequences and you cannot hide behind social media.
‘It is important social media platforms do as they did yesterday and seek out these individuals and remove them.
‘This is not the first time I have received messages like this, nor am I the only player to receive messages like this, it happens every day.
‘I want to thank everyone for the love and support but enough is enough!
‘It is not enough to be disgusted by these messages I received and move on. It isn’t enough just to say #notoracism.
‘We need action, we need education, things need to change.’
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