Wilfried Zaha feels he is not getting enough protection from referees during games.
Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (111) has been fouled more times than the Crystal Palace star (83) in the Premier League this season.
Despite the kicks, which he revealed leave cuts on his legs, Zaha insists he will not change the way he plays ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, which is LIVE on talkSPORT.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha appears to be targeted by opposition players
The Ivory Coast winger said: Its definitely frustrating and obviously Im sure everyones seen me have a go at the refs.
I end up losing my head and arguing with the refs for the whole time because I feel like youre the only one who can protect me, really.
Theres nothing I can really do about it. Obviously everyone knows the type of player I am, Im not going to stop dribbling.
Only the officials can protect me on the pitch.
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All I want to do is play football for as long as possible because I may seem like Im always moaning about the kicks I get, but only me, my team and my doctors see the cuts at the end of the game.
So Im not here to rant about getting kicked because of the way I play, its going to happen. But all I ask for is protection.
When asked if he gets enough protection from referees, Zaha added: Thats up to them, really.
“Im not really fussed about what everyones saying. Its up to the officials to officiate the games.
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All I want to do is play my game and be able to play it for as long as possible.
It was the season before where I got the longest injuries I ever had before and that was me doing both of my knees.
I don’t want to be sidelined for ages like that because its not good for my career. Ill just let them officiate the game and Ill do what I have to do.