Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha wants more protection from referees

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

Only three players have been fouled more times than Zaha this season in the Premier League - James Maddison of Leicester, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Will Hughes at Watford - with the Palace being fouled 11 times already.

Zaha has moved into a more central position as opposed to his original role as a winger, but still runs the channels often, where most of the fouls take place.

Morrison has branded Zaha "a superstar", and has insisted that the Ivory Coast worldwide has the potential to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"I end up arguing with referees because today the guy studded me in my shin - do they need to break my leg before anyone gets a red card?"

"I know that for a fact [opponents are out there to hurt me] but I just don't know what to do anymore", Zaha added.

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'The other players have no desire to accept that a game is a lost cause without him, but until they do win a game, I can't say it is nothing but a fact'. And it's every week. "You know what I mean?"

The victim of a crude lunge from centre-back Mathias Jorgensen 10 minutes before his goal, Zaha demanded more than the yellow card branished by referee Lee Mason.

"I have tried to speak to referees", said Zaha, who scored Palace's victor.

Manager Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff urged the forward to keep his cool, however. It doesn't allow you to express yourself the way that you normally want to express yourself. "But I've just got to let my feet do the talking".

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