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Crystal Palace: Fans rage at Martin Atkinson after goalless draw at Watford

Crystal Palace: Fans rage at Martin Atkinson after goalless draw at Watford

Referee Martin Atkinson was the target of scathing criticism from a large number of Crystal Palace fans during and after the Eagles’ 0-0 draw at Watford earlier today.

Wilfried Zaha came in for some rough treatment from the Hornets, with six fouls given for challenges on the Ivorian, who was the most fouled player at Vicarage Road this afternoon. [via WhoScored]

Although the 27-year-old “endured a difficult and physical afternoon”, in the words of BBC reporter Mantej Mann, he ended up being booked for a tangle with Christian Kabasele in the first half.

A video clip shared by @footballdaily on Twitter showed Zaha’s frustration with Atkinson immediately after the final whistle blew.

The match report on Sky Sports noted that the Eagles forward was “frequently being floored with tactical fouls from Watford, which resulted in several heated exchanges throughout the game”, while The Athletic‘s Matt Woosnam reported that he has now been fouled more than 500 times in the Premier League.

Atkinson gave 16 fouls against Crystal Palace and booked James Tomkins as well as Zaha in a sometimes tempestuous affair at Vicarage Road.

These Crystal Palace fans on Twitter vented their fury at Atkinson’s refereeing performance today:

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