Wilfried Zaha Lashes Out at Lack of Protection From Referees After Rough Away Win at Huddersfield

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​Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has hit out at a lack of protection from referees, claiming that he would need to ‘have his leg broken’ before opposition players receive any form of punishment. 

As reported by the ​Daily Mail, the Ivorian’s stunning goal helped the Eagles pick up all three points last Saturday, although he was fortunate to still be in action following some heavy tackles beforehand. 

Mathias Jørgensen’s studs-up challenge on the 25-year-old’s ankle sparked a furious reaction from Zaha, who only weeks ago had Etienne Capoue’s studs raked down his Achilles

Jørgensen only received a yellow card, whilst Zaha received the same punishment after a heavy tackle on Florent Hadergjonaj in what appeared to be a retaliatory challenge.  

Zaha, who added that the dangerous tackles prevent him from wanting to embark on dribbles, said: “I feel like I’d have to get my leg broken for anyone to get a card. That’s why I lose my head. Why am I getting different treatment from other players? 

“It is every week. I’ve tried to speak to the referees. There’s nothing I can do any more. It’s hard.

“It doesn’t make you want to go on a run because someone will come through the back of you and it doesn’t allow you to express yourself. At the same time, I have to let my feet do the talking, which I did today.”

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who oversaw the Eagles’ second win of the season against the ​Terriers, added: “You see it with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, the Manes, the Salahs — those players that are quick and good with running with the ball they get fouled, they have to accept this will happen.

“Unfortunately for Wilf he has a strong sense of justice, he doesn’t think people should treat him unfairly but he’s learning.’

Zaha now has eight goals in his last 10 games for ​Palace, and he will hope to continue his good form when they play host to ​Newcastle on Saturday.

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