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    Zaha is one of the Premier League’s most persecuted players, partly because lots of people pretend he is not persecuted at all. Eden Hazard – and only Eden Hazard – is fouled more often than Zaha, who, in the last four seasons, has been booted, shoved, pulled or whacked 387 times in the Premier League, nearly 100 times more than the next most assailed (Alexis Sánchez). And that only includes the times the referee has spotted the offence. Yet every time Zaha hits the ground he is accused of making something up, even when fans know their man has attacked him. They just pretend, for titillation or for illegitimate gain, that they are watching something other than what they are watching.

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    How can that be true? That is saying that no other player other than Zaha and Hazard has been shoved, pulled or Whacked more than 10 times a season. Yet from what I've seen that sort of thing happens in every game. In fact Zaha isn't above shoving players himself.

    In fact it says that everyone else has been booted shoved pulled or whacked no more than once a season, thats just plain stupid.
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      How can that be true? That is saying that no other player other than Zaha and Hazard has been shoved, pulled or Whacked more than 10 times a season. Yet from what I've seen that sort of thing happens in every game. In fact Zaha isn't above shoving players himself.

      In fact it says that everyone else has been booted shoved pulled or whacked no more than once a season, thats just plain stupid.
      Actually if I read it the other way (as I'm sure it is meant to be read) then it still only says he he is averaging about 1 extra boot,shove, pull or whack a game than anyone else (being conservative) as in 4 seasons there has been 152 games
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      I've said it before, but I mean... he DOES get the shit kicked out of him and it is because he's very good at dribbling with the ball.

      The thing which the author of that article fails to mention is Zaha's past. The reason he gets hammered is because he's the sort of player who posts pictures of himself sitting on his Rolls Royce. He's the sort of player who throws a strop when he doesn't get the ball. And.. he's the sort of player who dived A LOT in his earlier career. People don't forget that.

      And if we're going to compare him and Eden Hazard. I would suggest that if Hazard can handle being the most fouled player in the league without looking like he's going to burst into tears, getting up and getting on with the game. Then I'd suggest poor old Wilf could do the same.
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      It's clear that both things are true - they're not mutually exclusive. He does get fouled, a lot - and sometimes cynically. One earlier this season, against Watford (I think??) was a nasty, dangerous tackle.

      But, he's also playing for "contact" every time he goes into the box, dangling or dragging his standing leg to make sure he's clipped. He's one of the best at it, and yada yada everyone does it etc etc, but I'm sorry, it's cheating. I say the same if/when its an Albion player - Murray and Izquierdo are two culprits from our lot. He does it every game, several times a game, and his histrionics and pop-eyed toddler incredulity every time he doesn't get a very, very soft decision are what makes him a target for opposition fans and make it so hard for refs.

      He's very skilful, quick, and comes in for some rough treatment - but you can't give everything on him because half of the "fouls" are him inducing contact or going down under the slightest whiff of contact. Palace fans are adamant that's not part of his game any more, but its not BHA bias to say that's nonsense - he wins a free kick or two a game that are soft at best.

      The game may have changed, and the speed it's played at make it difficult for officials - but he's been the biggest beneficiary of that, and won a ridiculous number of penalties in his time that are iffy at best. If he ever stayed on his feet he might get more sympathy and "protection" when he does get steamrollered - but the fact that most oppo fans target him for abuse, not just BHA, is indicative of how he's perceived by the non-biased footballing public. As a whining, albeit talented, little cheat.

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      At long last some sense on this thread .
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      The game may have changed, and the speed it's played at make it difficult for officials - but he's been the biggest beneficiary of that, and won a ridiculous number of penalties in his time that are iffy at best. If he ever stayed on his feet he might get more sympathy and "protection" when he does get steamrollered - but the fact that most oppo fans target him for abuse, not just BHA, is indicative of how he's perceived by the non-biased footballing public. As a whining, albeit talented, little cheat.

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      Zaha gets battered every game. There's no denying it. He also dives, there no denying that either.

      His problem is he is just so unlikeable, with his stupid expressions and punchable face, that it rubs people up the wrong way.
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      At long last some sense on this thread .
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      Zaha gets battered every game. There's no denying it. He also dives, there no denying that either.

      His problem is he is just so unlikeable, with his stupid expressions and punchable face, that it rubs people up the wrong way.
      You put that perfectly!

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