Zaha Won’t Be Banned – Graham Poll Ought To Be Ashamed

0 Posted by - January 1, 2018 - News

Despite an incredible amount of pant-wetting from the likes of Graham Poll and BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey over the penalty Palace were awarded against Manchester City yesterday afternoon, the FA’s specialist panel have decided that no further action will be taken against Wilfried Zaha.

As I and plenty of other Palace fans have already said this afternoon, whilst the penalty decision from Jon Moss in yesterday’s lunchtime kick-off was undeniably soft, there is a huge difference between Sterling’s actions not being worthy of a penalty and Zaha “diving” to win it; not that it’s likely to alter the agenda so many across the game seem to have against the 25-year-old.

I’ve said it often enough in recent months but it has become incredibly fashionable to describe Zaha as a “diver” despite an endless amount of evidence to the contrary. Thanks to the incredibly effective hatchet-job that was done on him during his ill-fated stint at Manchester United, countless neutrals have a perception of him which is actually far removed from the truth.

Only a few weeks ago, hundreds of casual observers were screaming for the Palace academy graduate to receive a retrospective two-match ban after being fouled for a penalty against Bournemouth, before it was casually thrown out by the panel. Now, the club’s talisman is forced to endure former World Cup referee Graham Poll wailing on that “Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha dived and deserves a ban… he does it almost every week and needs to be taught a lesson” whilst BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey tweeted “Don’t like to see players doing what Zaha did in the box” both of which are now shown up to be nothing more than baseless moaning based on an unfair stereotype rather than fact.

I dream of a day when Wilfried Zaha is appreciated by all across the game as the supremely talented player he’s grown into. Sadly, it looks a long way off right now.

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  • Clive January 1, 2018 - 1:35 pm Reply

    Add to that list the equally stupid pair of Michael Owen and especially Chris Sutton who said the worst dive he had ever seen

  • Yourspellingisshite January 1, 2018 - 1:36 pm Reply

    Glad you wrote this , absolute disgrace from poll just to make headlines no doubt

  • Spiceboy January 1, 2018 - 1:50 pm Reply

    Michael Owen on a par with phil Neville for being the most boring commentators ever. As for Sutton he can do one shearers rent Boy. Well done the panel 👏👏👏

  • NotClive January 1, 2018 - 2:22 pm Reply

    The only surprise was that it was given after the far rougher treatment Walker handed out to him and Benteke outside of the box

    It’s a herd mentality with the pundits. They still come out with the no end product line. A couple of weeks ago Neville said Zaha should have scored double figures by then. I think that was after he had played 10 games

  • Eddie January 1, 2018 - 2:51 pm Reply

    I am sure full and unreserved apologies will follow from Messrs Poll, Owen (oh the irony), Sutton and Humphrey!!!!
    Bout time media “experts” received bans for simulation of sensible comments

  • CiTyBlUe January 1, 2018 - 5:05 pm Reply

    You’re all just upset because you can’t handle the truth, Zaha is a diving cheating A hole, the fact you defend him makes you as bad as he is. A disgrace to sport, sooner or later you will all come unstuck and your club will be punished and we very much look forward to celebrating that day.

    • Ed Quoththeraven January 1, 2018 - 11:01 pm Reply

      Pipe down.

      If you’ve been a Manchester City fan for longer than five minutes then you should have some sympathy for another club’s star man having all manner of untrue shite said about him by the media, that too many moronic fans believe without thinking for themselves. The treatment Zaha gets is in the same vein as what happened to Sterling and look what happened there, some oxygen thief assaulted him and was entirely unrepentant as he was sent to prison. Fortunately for Zaha it hasn’t got that far yet but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility given how he’s being demonised by the sections of the media who devote their time to stirring up trouble.

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