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Wilfried Zaha took a knee in help of the Black Lives Matter motion earlier than the sport in opposition to Aston Villa on Sunday. Picture by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP through Getty Photos

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has said people of all ages need to know that “you cannot hide behind social media” after the West Midlands Police arrested a 12-year-old boy for sending him racist messages online.

Zaha, 27, shared screenshots of the messages before the team’s 2-0 loss against Aston Villa on Sunday.

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“People need to understand that whatever your age, that your behaviour and your words come with consequences and you cannot hide behind social media,” Zaha said in a statement on social media.

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“It is important social media platforms do as they did yesterday and seek out these individuals and remove them. This is not the first time I have received messages like this, nor am I the only player to receive messages like this — it happens every day.”

The winger thanked the police for their swift action and the public for its support but said more needed to be done to combat racism.

“It is not enough to be disgusted by these messages I received and move on,” he added.

“It isn’t enough to just say #notoracism. We need action, we need education, things need to change.”

Crystal Palace and the Premier League condemned the messages that Zaha acquired.

“It is extremely saddening on the day of a sport {that a} participant wakes as much as this cowardly and despicable abuse,” Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson stated on Sky Sports activities.

“I believe it’s proper that Wilf made individuals conscious of it; I do not suppose it’s one thing he ought to maintain quiet about.

“I believe it is vitally good that our membership, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing every part they’ll to search out out who this despicable particular person is, and one can solely hope that they’ll get recognized and they’ll get known as to account and they’ll pay for these actions.

“There’s actually no excuse; there is no such thing as a excuse in any respect.”

A Premier League assertion learn: “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside Wilfried Zaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any kind. There’s #NoRoomForRacism, wherever.

“We’ll proceed to help gamers, managers, coaches and their relations who obtain critical discriminatory on-line abuse.

“By means of our devoted reporting system we are able to take instant motion on circumstances like this.”

Sheffield United have additionally condemned racist messages acquired by striker David McGoldrick on social media.

McGoldrick posted a screenshot of the message he acquired with the caption “2020 and that is life” after he scored twice in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday.

“As a membership we’ll help David McGoldrick and can do all we are able to to search out the perpetrator of this disgusting message,” the membership stated in a statement on Twitter.

“We’ll work with the related authorities to make sure the individual behind this put up is delivered to justice.

“This can not proceed. One thing wants to vary.”

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