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Zaha addresses spitting claims

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
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Crystal Palace took the away 2-1 win to West Ham which sees Palace led by Zaha in the top four.

After shocking Manchester United early on in the season, Crystal Palace is still going strong entering October.

With two consecutive league wins, Crystal Palace is now leveled with Leicester on 14 points, standing at the fourth in the Premier League.

This result is a huge one for Palace and their fans, and at the center of it all is Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian tried to force a move to Everton this summer. When the move fell apart, it looked like the player’s relationship with a club did, too.

Zaha, Crytal Palace
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on March 02, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

However, Zaha showed up fully professional, dribbling and creating all over the pitch for Palace.

The highlight was yesterday’s match where, according to Whoscored, Zaha completed six out of seven attempted dribbles.

This number eclipsed Zaha’s already world-class 4.8 dribbles per match.

Amidst the success for his team, however, Zaha was accused of spitting at Declan Rice.

Zaha published an Instagram story, denying the accusations, saying:

“Let me clear up something that the West Ham fans are trying to make up.

On your own video, you can see that Declan (Rice) runs in front of me and I spit to the right.

So please don’t make up lies that I spat at someone. I have never done it and I never will.

So please, let’s just accept that we won the game and move on.”

It’s easy to believe that Zaha was right, as everything we’ve seen from him was pure sportsmanship.

Rather than relying on the dirty methods, Zaha is one of the artists of the game, and as such, shouldn’t face awful accusations like these.