Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has pledged to ignore referees and keep on doing what he is doing.
Zaha’s latest booking for diving came on Saturday against Newcastle.
With the home side 2-1 up and the likes of Wilfried Zaha apparently not having realised just how rubbish Newcastle were by that point, the winger tried to win a penalty with a shocking dive.
Instead of a penalty against Jack Colback (one of the few times he got near a Palace player all game), referee Stuart Atwell instead booked Wilfried Zaha.
The saying about cheats never prospering didn’t quite work out on Saturday, as only three minutes after his yellow card, Wilfried Zaha was handed the chance to make it 3-1, which he did with a fortunate shot into the ground which deceived Rob Elliot.
The Palace winger did get some payback though, with his shocking diving record helping to land him five yellow cards in his last nine games and a suspension for Palace’s next match.
Wilfried Zaha revealed that he’d tried to justify his dive by saying he’d slipped but the referee was quite rightly having none of it.
Despite admitting that referees now have his card marked, Wilfried Zaha has said he is determined to keep on cheating, sorry…slipping.
“I actually slipped which is what I told the referee, I did not actually go down. I slipped. He thinks I am going to dive.
“It is frustrating. I have had quite a few penalty (claims) so referees are on my case more now.
“Before I even said anything he thought I dived. I tried to cut inside but I slipped.
“Being worried or not worried about getting a reputation doesn’t make a difference. I’ll just carry on doing what I’m doing.
“I am suspended now because I have got five yellow cards.”