Championship news

Zaha gets one-match ban

March 19, 2013
By ESPN staff

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been handed a one-match ban for making a obscene gesture to Leeds fans.

Wilfried Zaha puffs cheeks
PA PhotosWilfried Zaha will join Manchester United in the summer

Zaha, who will join Manchester United in the summer, was pictured sticking a finger up at Leeds supporters in the match on March 9 and will now miss his team's home game against Birmingham City. He has also been fined £3,000 by the Football Association.

He apologised afterwards on Twitter, saying: "I...wanted to apologise for the gesture I did towards the Leeds fans in yesterday's game. Very unprofessional from me.''

Palace are currently fourth in the Championship, three points behind Hull City in second place and have a six-point cushion to Brighton & Hove Albion for a play-off berth.