Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has accused bitter West Ham fans of sour grapes.
West Ham surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
The nature of the winning goal – VAR overturning another ridiculously tight offside call after a lengthy delay – saw thousands of Hammers fans stream out of the ground in a rage.
West Ham would have gone third with a win.
Instead Manuel Pellegrini’s side dropped down to eighth.
Zaha accused of spitting towards Rice
Palace leapfrogged the Hammers in the table as a result of the victory.
VAR was a big talking point after the game. But it was video replays of another incident that some West Ham fans were discussing on social media.
Eagles star Zaha was accused of aggressively spitting towards West Ham star Declan Rice after being bested in a challenge for the ball.
Video footage of the incident was posted on social media.
Wider angle of Zaha spitting. pic.twitter.com/c9fBsPxlpO
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But speaking on his Instagram stories, Zaha said Hammers fans simply don’t like him and were bitter at losing.
Forward bites back
“Let me clear something that the West Ham fans are trying to make up,” Zaha said – as also reported by the likes of talkSPORT.
“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. I have never done it and I never will.
“So please, let’s just accept that we won the game and move on.”
West Ham fans will just have to take Zaha’s word for it.
Sour grapes? Zaha would know all about that
It is not clear whether the FA will look into the incident.
Zaha cut a frustrated figure during the game.
Berating teammates, the linesman and the referee as he struggled to make an impact.
Rice absolutely bossed him in the incident leading up to the spit in question too.
Of course Zaha knows exactly what sour grapes taste like.
After all he has been sucking on them ever since being denied a move away from his beloved Palace yet again during the summer.