Excessive punishment for sarcastic applause? Zaha v The FA – Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 14th, 2019 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, penalties, sport by sally

‘Crystal Palace FC’s Wilfried Zaha is one of the fastest players in the Premier League. He is also one of the most fouled. After a number of serious challenges in a match at Southampton at the end of January, Zaha was booked for his reaction to a player who had just pushed him over the touchline. He sarcastically applauded the referee in response to the yellow card, which was then followed immediately with a second yellow and therefore a red. As he left the field, Zaha sarcastically applauded the referee again, on more than one occasion, and did so “theatrically” according to the Football Association (FA). This led to him being charged with misconduct outside the jurisdiction of the match referee.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 28th February 2019

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