Kurt Zouma fined 'maximum amount' by West Ham after mistreating his cat
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
West Ham striker Michail Antonio has questioned whether Kurt Zouma mistreating his cat is worse than racism. A video emerged earlier this week of Zouma kicking and slapping his pet cat. The France defender has since received a maximum fine of two weeks’ wages from his club.
Zouma has also been dropped by sponsor Adidas and his two pet cats have been seized by the RSPCA.
West Ham boss David Moyes has received criticism for selecting the 27-year-old less than 24 hours after the release of the video for his side’s 1-0 win over Watford on Tuesday.
But Zouma’s team-mate Antonio has now raised the question of whether what was seen in the video is worse than racist abuse.
Antonio was interviewed driving into the West Ham training ground on Thursday morning.
When asked if Zouma should receive a harsher punishment, he told Sky Sports News: “I’ve got a question for you. So, do you think what he’s done is worse than racism?
“I’m not condoning a thing that he’s done, I don’t agree with what he’s done, at all.
“But there’s people that are convicted, been caught for racism, and have played football afterwards.
“They got punished, they got eight-game punishments or something like that, but people are now calling for people to be sacked, for them to lose their livelihood.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first Man Utd transfer targets as squad ‘want PSG boss to take job’ [REPORT]
Antonio Conte brands Tottenham players ‘too emotional’ after Southampton defeat [INTERVIEW]
Jamie O’Hara singles out two ’embarrassing’ Tottenham players in scathing verdict [QUOTES]
“I’ve just got to ask this question to everyone out there – is what he’s done worse than what the people have done that are convicted for racism?”
Antonio’s comments come after former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland claimed Zouma’s actions were worse than racism.
Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, Kirkland said: “Everywhere they go now and everywhere he [Zouma] goes, he’s going to be targeted and rightfully so as well because he deserves everything he’s going to get.
“I’m still in disbelief that West Ham played him last night, I thought that was disgraceful but again – The FA for me, if it was a racism case, the FA have acted, stepped in and banned players for six to 10 games, fighting six to 10 games.
“This is worse if anything, what is the difference?”
Kirkland has since apologised for his comments, posting a video on his Twitter account addressing the issue.
He said: “Hi, just a quick video – I know a lot of people seem to be offended and listen, I totally understand with what I said this morning about the Kurt Zouma situation.
“Obviously I mentioned racism and about if players have been banned before, I know I said that it’s possibly worse and that but what I meant was animals can’t defend themselves – they’ve not got a voice.
“Obviously humans have but listen, racism goes without saying it’s an absolute disgrace and anyone who does that should be locked up, people know how I feel about that I don’t have to say that.
“But yeah, it was just in the context that animals can’t defend themselves, they’ve not got a voice, I meant in that way not obviously the other way so hope that clears it up and yeah, take care everybody.”
Want the latest Premier League news as we publish it on Express Sport? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here
Source: Read Full Article