Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Football Reporting
Football Reporting

Champions League

David Moyes stands by Kurt Zouma decision with West Ham defender available to play again


Centre-back Kurt Zouma was filmed hitting and kicking his two cats in shocking footage released earlier this week – but he remains available to play for West Ham

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Kurt Zouma facing growing backlash over ill treatment of his cat

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

David Moyes has confirmed Kurt Zouma is in contention to face Leicester on Sunday despite the Frenchman facing growing backlash for abusing his two cats.

The West Ham defender, 27, was filmed hitting and kicking the pets in a repugnant video released on Monday evening.

Nonetheless, Moyes named him in the starting XI to face Watford on Tuesday and he played all 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory which boosted the Irons’ hopes of Champions League qualification.

The RSPCA has since rescued the cats and the player was slapped with a £250,000 from his club while also losing his sponsorship deal with Adidas.

West Ham’s own partnership have also been impacted by the controversial decision to start Zouma in midweek, with Vitality suspending their deal.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Kurt Zouma played on Tuesday despite the footage surfacing one day earlier
(

Image:

Getty Images)

But Moyes has stood by his decision to continue using the under-fire player and declared he could feature at the King Power on Sunday afternoon.

“Yes, he is available against Leicester and I stand by the decision to play him,” the Scot said of Zouma on Friday. “It’s different views on should be available or not. We as a club took the decision that we made him available, and I stand by that.

“I don’t think the club could take more action or any quicker. West Ham have fined him the maximum wages, we all accept the actions terrible and diabolical.

“We are so disappointed it is completely out of character from Kurt he is a really good lad we are going to get him some help and trying to give him as much help as we can.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Moyes also confirmed Zouma will be sent on an instructional course with animal safeguarding charity the RSPCA so he can learn from the experience.

The Irons boss added: “Like drink driving offences, most people have to go to classes and RSPCA are going to provide him with classes and we will do everything we can to make sure Kurt is looking into it and getting better and understanding it.

David Moyes has confirmed Kurt Zouma will be available to feature against Leicester
(

Image:

Newcastle United via Getty Images)

“He is very disappointed and incredibly remorseful and sometimes in life you need forgiveness and he is hoping for that. Many of us through out lives make mistakes.”

Read More

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Read More





Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Champions League

Despite returning to Manchester United just a year ago, Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to depart the Red Devils after the club failed to...

Bayern Munich

Cristiano Ronaldo has made an official request to leave Manchester United this summer so he can continue to play Champions League football next season,...

AC Milan

Football agent Umberto Calaio has said that Sandro Tonali will be the next leader of AC Milan and the Italian national team. Speaking during...

Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to be allowed to leave the club. The 37-year-old was United’s top goalscorer after...