12-year-old boy arrested over racist messages directed at Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha
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12-year-old boy arrested over racist messages directed at Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha

Police in West Midlands have arrested a 12-year-old boy following an incident where racist messages were sent to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. 

The Ivory Coast international shared several screenshots of the racist abuse on his social media, as they prepared to face Aston Villa in an English Premier League match. 

“We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy," read a statement from the police on Sunday.

“The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won't be tolerated.”

Crystal Palace released a statement condemning the incident, saying;

“This is an absolute disgrace and should not be happening. We stand with you, Wilf, and anyone else who has to suffer such horrific abuse.”

The incident though did not stop the player from featuring against the Aston Villa at Villa Park, even though they lost 2-0 thanks to a brace from Trezeguet.