Crystal Palace defeated rivals Brighton in an emotionally charged 1-0 win, but fans are divided over an off-the-ball incident that saw Wilfred Zaha seemingly spit at a Seagull’s substitute.
Despite the many missed chances, rash tackles, and eventual winning goal from Jordan Ayew, the main talking point that arose from this match occurred on the sideline.
In the first half, with the score tied at 0-0 and emotions running high, an already riled up Wilfred Zaha spat in the direction of Brighton substitute Ezequiel Schelotto. This was in retaliation to the Argentine-Italian right back kicking the ball at Zaha whilst warming up on the sideline.
Lmaoo this Zaha-Schelotto fight is amazing pic.twitter.com/B7e8usRupU
— ÿ⚡️ (@DripzawaV4) February 29, 2020
The referee made the decision to give Schelotto a yellow card, who continued to verbally taunt Zaha, even pretending to cry. However, Zaha got off scot-free.
Brighton fans were not happy that the Palace forward was not punished for spitting, and flocked to Twitter to praise Schelotto’s actions and condemn Zaha. Meanwhile, Palace fans seem to believe that Zaha simply happened to be spitting in that direction, and that the Brighton right back deserved his booking.
Let’s take a look at some of that reaction now:
Zaha spat at him. Disgusting
— Worthing SURF Festival (@FestivalSurf) February 29, 2020
Schelotto got booked whilst on the bench for taunting Zaha and you’re telling me their entire club isn’t obsessed 😭😭
— mitch (@electricwilf) February 29, 2020
Mad how obsessed Brighton fans are with Zaha, irrelevant players can literally start an argument with him and you can become a club legend with a statue outside the ground.
— Jonty🦅 (@JontyCPFC) February 29, 2020
Schelotto has Zaha rattled and he’s not even on the pitch. Love to see it. #BHACRY
— Matt (@MattH_197) February 29, 2020