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The English FA has given Wilfried Zaha a one-match ban and a fine of £10,000 after admitting improper conduct charge.

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The Ivorian forward was given matching orders after receiving two yellow cards during Crystal Palace’s game against Southampton at St. Mary’s last weekend, the first for arguing and the second for sarcastically clapping the referee during the game.

The FA released a statement on Thursday afternoon saying that:

Wilfried Zaha has been suspended for one match following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing yesterday [06 February 2019]. He was also fined £10,000.

“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.”

Palace managed to win without their talisman last weekend, beating Fulham 2-0 for the second time this season – only the second time Palace have won a league game without Zaha since he returned to the club in 2014.

Zaha might play on Saturday, when Palace welcome West Ham to Selhurst Park, while he considers his right of appeal.

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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