July 12, 2020 / 2:15 PM / a month ago

Palace's Zaha subjected to online racial abuse

Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - July 12, 2020 Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz in action with Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Tim Keeton/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been subjected to racist abuse on social media and the forward shared screenshots ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Aston Villa.

The Ivory Coast international tweeted images of the messages he received from an individual on Saturday, which included one of members of the white supremacist organisation the Ku Klux Klan.

“This is an absolute disgrace and should not be happening. We stand with you, Wilf, and anyone else who has to suffer such horrific abuse,” Palace said on Twitter.

Former Arsenal and Palace striker Ian Wright offered his support to Zaha.

“People like to make these experiences seem like it’s not the norm for black people. It’s always an outlier. ‘Not one of us’. ‘Not a real (insert club) fan’,” Wright tweeted.

“These are real people and daily experiences. Sooner we accept it the better we can deal with it.”

When the English top flight restarted after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all players had “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts instead of their names in the opening round of games.

Teams have been taking a knee before matches kick off to show their support for the campaign.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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