Today the FA await the official referee report from Saturday's npower Championship fixture between Crystal Palace and Leeds United before determining whether or not to punish new Manchester United recruit Wilfried Zaha.
The England international was seen to direct an offensive gesture towards the Leeds United fans during his sides 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
Zaha has grabbed the headlines recently by finding the form that alerted Manchester United to the youngster in the first place, having scored one and assisted two last week against Hull. However it now seems that the Ivory Coast born youngster has grabbed the limelight for all the wrong reasons.
During the tie against Leeds at Selhurst Park this weekend Zaha received abuse from the travelling fans due to his impending permanent transfer to bitter rivals Manchester United. The young Palace sensation reacted to the abuse by appearing to raise his middle finger in the direction of the Leeds support.
These actions were later confirmed with Zaha taking to twitter to publicly apologise for his offensive and unprofessional actions.
Zaha tweeted: “I also wanted to apologise for the gesture I did towards the Leeds fans. Very unprofessional from me.”
Luckily, Zaha escaped punishment from match referee Dean Whitehouse but his actions have not gone unnoticed. It will undoubtedly have alerted Zaha’s new club Manchester United and may have birthed concerns of the youngster’s readiness to play for the Red Devils. With the FA now set to investigate the incident, Zaha may still receive punishment for his naive and offensive gesture.
Despite this, the potential punishment is unlikely to be more severe than the repercussions of Zaha’s unpleasant behaviour had it occurred in a Manchester United shirt. With the red half of Manchester regularly playing to an audience of millions more than Palace, Ferguson will undoubtedly be hoping that this unfortunate incident proves as a stark wake up call for Zaha and a reminder of how to conduct himself in one of the world’s greatest clubs attire.
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