Wilfried Zaha apologised to his Crystal Palace team-mates after his sending off against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, team-mate Conor Gallagher has revealed.
The 29-year-old was sent off just 37 minutes into the game in north London after two bookable offences. For his second yellow, he was guilty of what sports journalist Josh Bunting called ‘absolute stupidity’ as he shoved Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez to the floor.
The red card only compounded Palace’s misery, coming at the end of a seven-minute spell which had also seen them concede two goals. They went on to lose the game 3-0, unable to offer any real attacking threat, as evidenced by their xG of 0.23.
Zaha’s apology after Spurs red
According to Gallagher (via The South London Press), Zaha ‘said sorry in the changing room’ and the players would now ‘forget about it, move on and focus on the next game’.
Fan feed Palace Xtra relayed Gallagher’s comments, and here’s what some supporters had to say in response.
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“So he should have”
“This has been coming all season. Vieira needs a chat with him and remind him that not only is he unlikely to get a move, but now he’s not even guaranteed a start with us if his attitude is wrong.”
“That sending off has been coming for months”
“Least he could do”
“How about the fans?”
“Also apologise to the fans esp. those who travelled for hours risking Covid to watch a match which ended when he was sent off. We all love Wilf, he’s the best player I have ever seen play for us but enough is enough. This could have happened in almost every game this season”
In other news, this defender came under fire for his performance.
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