Crystal Palace have had a tough start to 2023.
Winless in their last six games across all competitions, the London side are struggling to impress under Patrick Vieira.
Their most recent loss to Manchester United marked their fourth loss in six games this year so far.
Even though they are still quite a distance away from the relegation battle, the Eagles are aware that they’ll need to start winning games soon to avoid falling into that disaster towards the end of the season.
Amid their dull run of form, the London side’s social media manager is finding it tough to post much positive content across the social media platforms.
They are under pressure to elevate the fan mood by posting attractive, appealing posts that can get positive responses.
Well, the Crystal Palace Twitter admin has ended up doing something that is the exact opposite.
Crystal Palace fan wrongfully banned
Just before Palace’s previous game against United, their Twitter admin posted a few pictures of their players – including new boy Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The pictures were taken using Polaroid cameras, which are known for giving instant – small-sized photographs.
The picture impressed a number of fans, but one particular comment was deemed inappropriate by the admin.
A Palace fan named ‘Jacob’ made a comment ‘auction them’ on the Tweet, which was quickly hidden by the club’s account.
On the face of it, the comment appeared like a troll-like, racist one directed towards the two black players.
The club admin probably felt that the supporter was being racist by mocking the history of slavery against people of colour.
The fan was quickly banned by the club account, ensuring that he could never comment on or view their posts again.
But it appears that the comment was not at all directed at the players, but the polaroids which were on display in the post.
The fan quickly defended his actions, tweeting: “Just got banned by the Palace admin. For asking them to auction the polaroids.”
Support for Jacob
Jacob pleaded with the club by tagging their account stating that he was not being racist at all and meant something very different with his comment.
The poor fan even seemingly has made a second account to comment on one of Palace’s posts, issuing his apology and making them aware of the misunderstanding.
The Palace supporter has gone viral for his actions and has the support of fellow fans, who want the Eagles’ Twitter admin to admit their mistake and unban him.
Jacob has found a decent amount of backing from Football Twitter because he is totally innocent.
The fans are demanding justice for the supporter and for the club to ‘free’ him by taking away his ban.
One can’t totally blame the Eagles’ Twitter admin for their step, as a lot of troll-like supporters aim to tarnish official posts with ugly comments.
But in this case, Jacob is totally innocent, and seeing how popular his hilarious story has become – the Palace admin might be forced to take back his ban soon.