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26th Dec 2021

Wilfried Zaha shown red card after foul in Tottenham Crystal Palace clash

Callum Boyle

Zaha was shown a second yellow card after a foul on Davinson Sanchez

Wilfried Zaha was sent off after earning himself a second yellow card for a foul on Davinson Sanchez in Crystal Palace’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day.

Palace were 2-0 down to Antonio Conte’s side after conceding a couple of quick-fire goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura when their talisman, who had been booked for a trip earlier in the half, was dismissed after he barged the Spurs centre back to the floor. Referee John Moss was left with little choice but to reduce Palace to 10 before half-time.

Spurs had already established a controlling lead with the numerical advantage helping their cause.

The game had been met with controversy in the build-up after the away side had filed a request to postpone the game due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club, however the Premier League said the request had came through too late.

The Eagles were dealt a further blow on the morning of the game after they confirmed manager Patrick Vieira had tested positive for Covid-19 and would not be travelling with the squad, leaving assistant manager Osian Roberts in charge for the game in North London.

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