Watford's Harry the Hornet Mascot 'Out of Order,' Says Sam Allardyce

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Harry the Hornet at Vicarage Road, Watford, August 27. The mascot mocked Wilfried Zaha for diving. Reuters / Andrew Boyers

Watford mascot Harry the Hornet could be stung by the FA after appearing to mock Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha for diving on Boxing Day.

The Ivorian player was booked for simulation by Mark Clattenburg late on in the 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road and the incident led to the home mascot diving in front of Zaha at the full-time whistle.

Zaha reacted angrily to the action, as did his manager Sam Allardyce who was overseeing his first match in charge of Palace since replacing Alan Pardew last week.

"The mascot was out of order," Allardyce said after the game. "That's up to Watford to sort that out. The Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do.

"It could have made the wrong reaction, as we know. But I didn't see it. I'm more concerned about my team, the overall performance."

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri looked to play the incident down. "Let's laugh all together about this," he said. "Everything doesn't have to be a drama."

Crystal Palace hangs just above the relegation zone, in 17th, while Watford sits 10th in the Premier League table.

Allardyce takes Palace to Arsenal on New Year's Day as Watford hosts Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road.