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Zaha: I have to get my leg broken before opponents will get a card

Crystal Palace have contacted the Premier League over the rough treatment suffered by star forward WIlfried Zaha at the hands of opposition players.

Zaha hit out at referees following Palace’s win over Huddersfield on Saturday, claiming he needs to have his leg broken before an opponent is shown a yellow card.

The forward had the last laugh with a stunning goal that earned his side all three points. But according to the Telegraph, there remains frustration at Selhurst Park over what the club feel is a lack of protection.

Zaha has been fouled 11 times already this season and since August 2013, only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been on the end of more bad tackles.

Palace have now reportedly spoken to the Premier League, with the Telegraph claiming this is not the first time they have complained about his treatment.

Following Saturday’s win at Huddersfield, Zaha complained that he is treated differently than other players — and revealed a lack of protection makes him think twice about going on long runs.

He said: ‘I feel like I’d have to get my leg broken for anyone to get a card. That’s why I lose my head. Why am I getting different treatment from other players?

‘It is every week. I’ve tried to speak to the referees. There’s nothing I can do any more. It’s hard.

‘It doesn’t make you want to go on a run because someone will come through the back of you and it doesn’t allow you to express yourself. At the same time, I have to let my feet do the talking, which I did today.’

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