Zaha punished further after red card
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been given an additional one-match ban and fined after sarcastically clapping the referee following his dismissal vs the Saints.
The Eagles star is no doubt Roy Hodgson’s most important player when he’s on form.
With Palace down in 14th and still under threat of being relegated, they need their star man.
However, during their game against Southampton Zaha was sent off.
Zaha was booked by referee Andre Marriner following a tackle, before then protesting the decision.
He then proceeded to sarcastically clap the decision, before Marriner showed him a second yellow card.
While some thought that would be the end of that, it was then suggested that Zaha could face an extended ban.
Now, the FA have confirmed that the player will face an extra game ban and has been fined.
Additional one-game ban and £10,000 fine
In a statement today the FA confirmed Zaha’s punishment, labelled under improper conduct.
Their statement, posted on Palace’s website, read:
Wilfried Zaha has been suspended for one match following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing yesterday [06 February 2019]. He was also fined £10,000.
The suspension is not currently effective whilst the player considers his right of appeal.
The Crystal Palace forward accepted a charge of improper conduct, which followed his behaviour after a second-half dismissal during the game against Southampton on 30 January 2019.
As mentioned, the suspension is not yet active.
It will only come into effect when Zaha accepts the charge after considering ‘his rights of appeal’.
Regardless of when the extra game ban comes, this is a huge blow for Crystal Palace.