Zaha responds after 12-year-old gets arrested for racial abuse: ‘This happens every day’

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has issued a response to the 12-year-old who has been arrested for sending him racial abusive messages on social media. The Ivory Coast international posted several screenshots on Twitter on Sunday, showing abusive messages ahead of Palace’s game against Aston Villa.

Palace lost the game at Villa Park 2-0 and after the game Zaha stated: “Very disappointed we didn’t get a better result yesterday but I wanted to come on here to thank you for all your messages of support. 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 to just say #notoracism. We need action, we need education, things need to change.”