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Oct 5, 2019 at 5.30pm UK at ​London Stadium
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1-2
Crystal Palace
Haller (54')
FT(HT: 0-0)
van Aanholt (63' pen.), Ayew (87')

Wilfried Zaha hits out at "lies" over Declan Rice incident

Zaha hits out at
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Wilfried Zaha hits back at West Ham United fans for claiming that he spat at Declan Rice during Crystal Palace's 2-1 win at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Wilfried Zaha has hit back at West Ham United fans for claiming that he spat at Declan Rice during Crystal Palace's 2-1 win at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Pictures show Zaha spitting at the same time as the West Ham midfielder runs past him, prompting some supporters to claim that the winger was intentionally spitting at Rice.

The game itself saw Palace recover from going behind to Sebastian Haller's strike to claim a late win through goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Jordan Ayew.

Taking to Instagram on the morning after the game, Zaha said: "Let me clear up something that the West Ham fans are trying to make up.

"On your own video you can see that Declan runs in front of me and I spit to the right. So please, don't make up lies that I spat at someone.

"Because I've never done it and I never will, so please, let's just accept that we won the game and move on. To be totally honest, normally I wouldn't even care about things like this. But making up lies, that's not it, you can dislike me, you can feel however you feel about me, just don't make up nonsense."

Zaha, who came through Palace's academy, has made 332 appearances for the Eagles in all competitions, scoring 53 times.

The 26-year-old pushed hard for a move away from Selhurst Park over the summer, only for chairman Steve Parish to insist on keeping him.

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