Wilfried Zaha charged by FA for sarcastically applauding referee
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WILFRIED ZAHA has been charged by the FA for improper conduct following his red card for clapping.
Zaha was booked for reacting angrily to a challenge by James Ward-Prowse late on in Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Wednesday.
Zaha was dismissed after sarcastically clapping MarrinerReuters
That prompted the Ivory Coast star to applaud ironically at referee Andre Marriner, who then issued a second yellow for the petulance.
Zaha took a while to leave the field as he continued to clap the official and though he later apologised on social media, the Eagles star has been hit with an FA charge for his behaviour.
The 26-year-old was already banned for the crunch game against Fulham but could face a longer suspension.
He has until 6pm on February 5 to respond.
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Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been charged following the game against Southampton yesterday [30 January 2019]. It is alleged his behaviour following a second-half dismissal amounts to improper conduct. The player has until 18:00 on 5 February 2019 to respond to the charge.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 31, 2019
Zaha confronted Ward-Prowse after being pushed over the touchlinePA:Press Association
Team-mate James McArthur admitted Zaha will be huge loss to the Palace side in the relegation battle against Claudio Ranieri’s strugglers.
The Scot said: “He is obviously a big miss.
“He is one of our best players in the team and we will miss him.
“But we have got players in the squad that hopefully are ready to go and take their chance.”
Roy Hodgson was disappointed with Zaha’s treatment at St Mary’sReuters
Zaha had proven how valuable he is to Palace by netting the opener – his first goal in 18 games – before a late Ward-Prowse strike levelled proceedings.
While the Ivory Coast star will be missed, McArthur hopes to see more from fit-again strikers Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke in the second half of the season.
McArthur, 31, added: “They are obviously going to be big players for us.
“They are great players and Jordan Ayew against Southampton was excellent upfront as well, he works so hard as well.
Zaha had earlier ended a four-month scoring doubt to give Palace the leadReuters
“Everyone is going to need to try and step up their game to try and push up that table.”
Palace are just four points above the drop zone.