Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha looks set to have his impending ban for the red card picked up by the Ivorian international versus Southampton last night extended by the FA.
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
The Eagles travelled to St. Mary’s for a crunch relegation battle with Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Saints, with the two sides having sat level on 22 points ahead of kick-off last night.
Visitors Palace took the lead shortly before half-time, when Wilfried Zaha did brilliantly to cut inside and drill home from the edge of the box with his right-foot.
However, Southampton pulled level with 13 minutes remaining in the clash, when a superb piece of football down the Saints’ right eventually saw Matt Targett’s pull-back slotted home by James Ward-Prowse.
And a hugely-disappointing closing quarter of a hour for Palace was compounded in the game’s closing minutes, when Eagles’ star man Wilfried Zaha was given his marching orders by referee Andre Marriner.
After having his appeals for what appeared to have been a foul on the part of James Ward-Prowse waved away, Zaha angrily approached the Saints’ goal-scorer, with a heated exchange having eventually seen the Palace man booked.
Zaha, who came in for his weekly dose of rough treatment throughout proceedings last night, then allowed his emotions to boil over, sarcastically clapping Andre Marriner’s decision.
Marriner didn’t hesitate, and quickly produced a second yellow card, before handing Zaha his marching orders.
The Ivorian went on to clap the official’s subsequent decision, too, before being ushered away from the scene by Palace’s players.
‘His behaviour following dismissal amounts to improper conduct’
And the FA have this evening confirmed that Zaha’s actions have landed him in hot water.
A statement on behalf of the Premier League’s governing body a short time ago revealed that the gifted wide-man’s clapping has seen him charged with improper conduct.
As such, Zaha looks set to have his automatic one-match ban extended:
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been charged following the game against Southampton yesterday [30 January 2019]. It is alleged his behaviour following a second-half dismissal amounts to improper conduct. The player has until 18:00 on 5 February 2019 to respond to the charge.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 31, 2019
If this does turn out to be the case, then the 26-year-old will miss Palace’s upcoming meetings with both Fulham and West Ham.
If history is anything to go by, then all signs point towards Zaha’s ban being extended.
A similar incident in 2016 saw Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy hit with a two-game suspension, after he reacted poorly to being dismissed by Jon Moss for what was adjudged to have been a dive during a clash with West Ham.
FA due to receive referee’s report today but Zaha could face extension to automatic one-match ban.
Clapped Andre Marriner again after being shown red card, clapped Sanits fans and did not leave pitch immediately.
Similar situation to Vardy with Leicester in 2016. https://t.co/gubAMqBpjc
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) January 31, 2019