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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha slams 'different treatment' from referees

Wilfred Zaha's solo goal secures three points for the eagles at the John Smith's stadium.
Wilfred Zaha's solo goal secures three points for the eagles at the John Smith's stadium.
Wilfred Zaha's solo goal secures three points for the Eagles at the John Smith's stadium.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha said he does not receive fair treatment from referees and that he may need to have his leg broken before an opponent is sent off.

Zaha, who scored his third goal of the season in Palace's 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, was pulled to the ground in the 27th minute by Mathias Jorgensen, who was booked.

He spoke with manager Roy Hodgson after the incident about remaining calm, but said following the game that he does not know when his rough treatment will be addressed.

"I don't even know what to say anymore," Zaha told the BBC. "I feel like before anyone gets a red card, I'd have to get my leg broken or something, which is why I lose my head.

"Some of the yellow cards -- like, against Watford, [Etienne Capoue] stood on the back of my calf and still a yellow card. It's like, why am I getting different treatment than other players? So yeah, I just don't understand it, and it's every week, every referee."

Zaha suggested he would speak to captain Luka Milivojevic, hoping that he could raise the issue with referees before upcoming games, but does not know what else he can do.

"Obviously, it's hard, because ... it doesn't make you want to go on a run because you feel like someone will come through the back of you or do whatever and you'll get injured," Zaha said. "You know what I mean? It doesn't allow you to express yourself the way that you normally want to express yourself. That's the difficulty. At the same time, I have to let my feet talk as well, so I did it today."

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