BRIGHTON substitute Ezequiel Schelotto was shown a yellow card midway through the first half following a bust-up with rival Wilfried Zaha.
The feud was sparked when the Crystal Palace winger appeared to spit towards the Brighton subs warming up on the touchline.
Zaha then cupped his ears to the home fans after being greeted to a chorus of jeers.
But tempers threatened to boil over when Schelotto hit Zaha with the ball sparking an angry reaction from the Ivory Coast international.
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