Wilfried Zaha apologises for red card: ‘I will learn from it’

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha apologised to the fans of his club for receiving a red card in his club’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Wednesday. Zaha did start the game well and gave Palace a first-half lead at St Mary’s. Later on in the game he received two yellow cards in a minute for applauding referee Andre Marriner.

After the game the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international apologised to the fans of the club on social media. “All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card tonight because I could have cost us today,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will learn from it for sure.”

Palace boss Roy Hodgson acknowledged after the game that Marriner had no choice but to show Zaha a second yellow card. “It’s disappointing that the player who perhaps provided some of the best entertainment during the 90 minutes with his performance was consistently fouled throughout the game [and] wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling,” he said.

“Protests over a foul which is not given which probably should have been, but then once he applauds the referee’s decision to give him a yellow card the referee, under the rules of the game and the instructions they are given, he’s got no option but to send him off. So, there’s not much one can say about it.”

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