VIDEO: Souness Slates Capoue & Referee After Horror-Tackle On Zaha

-22 Posted by - August 27, 2018 - News, Video

Yesterday afternoon’s game between Watford and Crystal Palace ended in a 2-1 win for the Hornets but it was a foul from Étienne Capoue which made the most headlines during and after the match.

Wilfried Zaha has been Watford fans’ biggest individual enemy since the play-off final between us back in 2013, when the Eagles’ academy graduate was hacked down inside the penalty area, winning the penalty that would ultimately see us reach the Premier League at their expense.

In the years that have since passed, he’s been made the pantomime villain in each and every one of our meetings, often provoking him to perform rather well, as his goal in the latter stages of yesterday’s game proved.

Whilst the songs, jibes, boos and theatrics from a fully grown man dressed in a Hornet costume can all be taken as part and parcel of the game, there has also been a targeted effort to hurt the 25-year-old on many occasions, the most recent of which could easily have seen Étienne Capoue end his season in the opening five minutes of yesterday’s meeting.

Referee Anthony Taylor was mere feet from the incident with a perfectly clear line of sight and somehow managed to produce just a yellow card for the foul; a decision which prompted Graeme Souness to lose his mind when analysing the opening 45 minutes for Sky Sports shortly after.

It’s not often we see pundits without a direct connection to Palace talking so passionately in defence of Zaha and as such, I was hugely happy to see the Scotsman so apoplectic with rage on his behalf. If referees aren’t careful, players like Capoue are going to put and end to Wilfried’s career. A string of Palace managers have pleaded with officials to pay attention to the treatment he gets but yesterday, Anthony Taylor was clearly guilty of reacting to the home crowd’s bias when failing to dismiss the Frenchman early on.

Aside from the dangerous nature of his play, Capoue’s presence on the field had a major impact on the game as a whole, with his lung-bursting second half run acting as the immediate precursor to Pereyra’s opening strike in the 53rd minute.

To put things quite simply, referees across the Premier League need to realise that they’re endangering a player’s general well-being by turning a blind eye to the batterings he takes from week to week.

Enough is enough.

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  • Peter Gillions August 27, 2018 - 9:20 am Reply

    Who is Souness? Was he the referee? Did he see Saha deservedly get a Yellow Card then show such emotional and excessive dissent that it deserved another one. I presume Mr Souness knows what that would mean.

    • Ed Quoththeraven August 28, 2018 - 8:53 am Reply

      Why are you commenting on the top flight of English men’s football if you have no idea who Graeme Souness is as a pundit or was as a player?!

      Souness was one of the toughest players to ever play football and for him to be calling out tackles like that, with his track record, is a damning indictment of how the referee got it wrong. Or, at least, how Palace fans are entitled to feel aggrieved at the referee’s decision.

      • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh August 28, 2018 - 9:31 am Reply

        I didn’t realise Louis Saha still played football. I know Wilfried Zaha but clearly this Saha fella needs sorting out. Wonder what game Peter Zillions was watching?

  • Elbe August 27, 2018 - 11:43 am Reply

    Same old Anthony Taylor making poor decisions.

    That tackle by Capoue was a RED CARD he knew what he was doing and it was obvious he wanted to put Wilf out of the game. This kind of thuggery should be stopped by referees to protect players, it is
    unforgiveable that refs like Taylor allow that kind of assault on a player to go unpunished.

    That tackle could have ended Wilfs career there and then.

    Refs should take note of that assault on Wilf { nobody could define that as a tackle] and RED CARD the thugs that commit such disgusting behaviour against fellow professionals.

  • Wilfred Zaha August 27, 2018 - 12:16 pm Reply

    It wasn’t a red card and Zaha is a diving little cunt who deserves everything that comes his way

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh August 28, 2018 - 9:41 am Reply

      He might be a “little cunt” but he’s still bigger than Waford F.C.

      • Gordon August 28, 2018 - 12:51 pm Reply

        As normal a lesser team can’t play against zaha so kick him pieces.

  • Nick August 27, 2018 - 12:37 pm Reply

    Perhaps referees would offer him more protection if slippy wilf stopped trying to con them every game.

  • Phil H August 28, 2018 - 9:20 am Reply

    Nick – you won’t be able to stand up the claim that Wilf cons referees every game so you might want to withdraw the comment as it is clearly defamatory.

  • ee signing September 3, 2018 - 9:34 pm Reply

    Nice to see Wat ford fans enjoy seiing their players attempting to cripple their opponents. Sums you up reallyMaybe you should ask Doucore about his goal against Southampton last year. Wass it the hand of god or just a cheating shit and effing hypocrite

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