12-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Racist Messages to Zaha

West Midlands Police have arrested a 12-year-old boy, following racist threats sent via social media to Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha, prior to his clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, 12 July 2020.

The Ivorian star took to Instagram to share the racially abusive message he received to his account. The winger was threatened not to score against Aston Villa, or he will receive an unwanted ghost visitor.

The message read: “You better not score not score tomorrow you black c***’ or I’ll come to your house dressed as a ghost.”

To solidify the threat, the young Aston Villa fan attached a picture of the white supremacist organisation, Ku Klux Klan, and another image of a man with his face painted in black.

The police have released a statement confirming that the 12-year-old offender from Solihull is in custody for further investigation.

A Premier League spokesperson called the abuse suffered by Zaha as “completely unacceptable”.

Since the restart of the 2019/20 season, all EPL games begin with players, staff and match officials taking a knee to protest against racial injustice.

The 27-year-old received support from both clubs, with Aston Villa vowing to ban the perpetrator for life.

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