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Ban the mascot? You must be joking! Morgan takes swipe at Big Sam over Harry the Hornet outrage – even Zaha sees the funny side

Date Posted,December 26, 2016

Piers Morgan has taken a swipe at Sam Allardyce after the Crystal Palace manager called for Watford mascot Harry the Hornet to be banned.

Allardyce called for the FA to intervene after raging Wilfried Zaha was mocked by the furry cheerleader.

Winger Zaha, booked for diving in the 87th minute at Vicarage Road after referee Mark Clattenburg ignored his penalty appeal, reacted furiously to the mascot’s comedy dive under his nose on the final whistle.

However, Morgan took to social media to give his view on the incident.

He tweeted: “Anyone genuinely offended by # HarryTheHornet is symptomatic of the crushingly dull PC world we now have to endure.”

Zaha today posted a lighthearted response after footage of the incident went viral.

Allardyce – making his return to football after being sacked by England after just 67 days – was not amused.

Big Sam scowled: “The mascot is out of order, isn’t he? The Premier League and the FA can look at that and do what they want to do.

“It could have made the wrong reaction, as we know, but I’m more concerned about my team and their overall performance.

Wilfried Zaha’s penalty claims were waved away (Photo: REUTERS)
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on December 17, 2016 in London, England.
Zaha was furious after being booked (Photo: Getty Images)
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace reacts after a challenge during the Premier League match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on December 26, 2016 in Watford, England.
The winger was denied a spot kick (Photo: Getty Images)
Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan insists no action should be taken against the mascot

“I’m more disappointed that we picked up four bookings and we didn’t get two penalties.”

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri saw the lighter side of the mascot’s jolly jape and smiled: “Let’s all laugh together about this. Everything in football does not have to be a drama.”

Allardyce, meanwhile, will hold an urgent meeting with Zaha this week to determine whether his controversial winger will be off to the African Cup of Nations next month with the Ivory Coast.

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce
Allardyce has called for the FA to intervene (Photo: REUTERS)
Harry the Hornet could be in bother (Photo: Ian Walton / Getty)

Zaha, who has made two friendly appearances for England against Sweden and Scotland as a substitute, has lodged paperwork with world governing body FIFA to switch allegiance to the country of his birth.

Big Sam said: “I haven’t been here long enough to sit down with Wilf and it’s only just popped up today that he might be going to the African Cup of Nations.

“We’ll have to find out next week, but it would be a massive blow if he goes to join the Ivory Coast.”

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