West Ham fans sing vile Zouma chant as cat kicker pulls out of Leicester match

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West Ham United fans disgraced themselves by singing a vile Kurt Zouma chant before their side's Premier League fixture against Leicester City on Sunday.

Zouma was named in the starting XI by manager David Moyes despite backlash after footage of the defender kicking and striking his pet cat in front of his child.

The defender has been fined two week's wages – amounting to £250,000 – by his club, and has seen his two pets taken away from him. He later issued a grovelling apology, saying: "I want to apologise for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret."

Moyes considers the matter to be closed, and named him in the starting XI to face Watford on Tuesday night as well as on Sunday against Leicester, however, Zouma pulled out of the side just before kick-off, citing illness.

West Ham fans seem to be fully behind the defender as well, as they burst into song in a pub before the game on Sunday.

Fans were filmed chanting: "Kurt Zouma's magic, he wears a magic hat, and if you throw a cat at him he'll kick the f****r back. He kicks it to the left, he kicks it to the right, and when we win the Europa League we'll sing this song all night."

Speaking before the trip to the King Power Stadium, Moyes dismissed suggestions he shouldn't be playing Zouma.

He instead said that while the player's actions were "Diabolical", he would still be eligible for selection.

Moyes' sentiment doesn't seem to be a popular one, and Graeme Souness used his appearance on Sky Sports' Super Sunday to voice his opposition to Zouma's selection.

Speaking about his opinion on the situation, the former midfield hardman didn't hold back and claimed he wouldn't have played Zouma again this year.

Souness said: "I have zero sympathy for him. He’s turned up today and got abuse from his own supporters.

"West Ham’s roots are in the East end of London, salt of the earth people. People that would not, the vast majority would not be accepting of it.

"I have major problems with it, for me looking at that video, that cat hadn’t done anything wrong. It was picked up and abused for entertainment. They’re laughing.

"It goes out on social media suggests they didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, they thought people would find this amusing."

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