Wilfried Zaha receives one game ban after accepting improper conduct charge 2 years ago

Wilfried Zaha receives one game ban after accepting improper conduct charge

*claps slowly*

The FA have given Wilfried Zaha a one match ban and a £10,000 fine after he accepted an improper conduct charge.

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Zaha was sent off after receiving two yellow cards during Crystal Palace's game against Southampton at St. Mary's last week, the first for dissent and the second for sarcastically clapping the referee.

The FA released a statement on Thursday afternoon that reads:

"Wilfried Zaha has been suspended for one match following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing yesterday [06 February 2019]. He was also fined £10,000.

"The suspension is not currently effective whilst the player considers his right of appeal.

"The Crystal Palace forward accepted a charge of improper conduct, which followed his behaviour after a second-half dismissal during the game against Southampton on 30 January 2019."

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Palace managed to win without their talisman last weekend, beating Fulham 2-0 for the second time this season - only the second time Palace have won a league game without Zaha since he returned to the club in 2014.

And he could play on Saturday, when Palace welcome West Ham to Selhurst Park, while he considers his right of appeal.

If that is the case, Zaha's ban would become effective for Palace's trip to Doncaster in the FA Cup, and he would return for Palace's league game against Leicester City.