Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has apologised and says he will “learn” from his sending off for applauding a referee in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Zaha was dismissed for sarcastically clapping referee Andre Marriner, moments after being cautioned for tangling with James Ward-Prowse.
“All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card because I could have cost us.
“I will learn from it for sure.”
Zaha’s first goal since September had given the visitors a deserved lead four minutes before the interval, but Ward-Prowse’s third strike in as many Premier League games earned Southampton a share of the spoils.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson said he had “empathy” with Zaha, stating the 26-year-old had been “fouled a lot”.
“His reaction to not receiving a foul when he was clearly pushed off the ball – obviously people do get frustrated,” said Hodgson. “But I can’t condone, unfortunately, the applauding of the referee. That is something you can’t do.”
Mamadou Sakho missed two glorious opportunities to score Palace’s second either side of Ward-Prowse’s equaliser, the former Liverpool defender having a header cleared off the line by Jan Bednarek before sending another powerful header over the bar.
The two teams remain level in the table, four points above the Premier League’s bottom three.