LONDON (AP) – Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha called on Instagram to take racism more seriously after being abused after scoring in a 2-0 win at Manchester City on Saturday.
The Ivorian international posted screenshots of racist abuse he received via direct messages following the Premier League game on Instagram which saw City defender Aymeric Laporte sent off for a foul on the striker .
“This message is not for me to receive a million messages saying that we are with you and that it is disgusting or that I am receiving sympathy,” Zaha wrote. “I’m not here for all the nonsense that is done instead of fixing the real problem!
“I don’t mind abusing because today it comes from doing the job I do even if it’s not an excuse, but my color will always be the real problem, but it’s okay because i will always be BLACK AND PROUD! when you really take this problem seriously.
Instagram declined Associated Press interview requests throughout the year to discuss the racist abuse facing footballers. Instagram is owned by Meta, the new name of the Facebook company.
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