FA bans Palace’s Zaha for referee sarcastic clap

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has been given a one – match ban by the Football Association for improper conduct after sarcastically applauding referee Andre Marriner .Zaha was punished following his antics in Palace’ s Premier League draw at Southampton on January 30 .

The Ivory Coast forward clapped at Marriner after being booked for a clash with Southampton’ s James Ward – Prowse and was subsequently sent off after earning a second yellow card for his show of dissent .

The 26 – year – old will not serve the suspension immediately as he can decide whether he wants to appeal against the decision , making him available for the home match against West Ham this weekend.

“ Wilfried Zaha has been suspended for one match following an independent regulatory commission hearing yesterday ( 06 February 2019 ) . He was also fined £ 10 , 000, ” FA statement said on Thursday .

“ The suspension is not currently effective whilst the player considers his right of appeal .
“ The Crystal Palace forward accepted a charge of improper conduct , which followed his behaviour after a second – half dismissal during the game against Southampton on 30 January 2019 . ”

Zaha had already missed his side ’ s 2 – 0 win over Fulham last Saturday as he served an initial one – match suspension for his red card , making his new ban an additional punishment .

( AFP )

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