West Ham accused of ‘not caring’ about Kurt Zouma’s animal abuse in shocking video, as David Moyes slams choice of defender in starting XI – ‘How can you be comfortable with that?”


David Moyes’ decision to start Kurt Zouma against Watford has been heavily criticized after footage emerged of the defender abusing his cats.

Moyes opted to play the France international in his side’s clash against Watford, despite widespread condemnation of Zouma’s actions.

Zouma was a surprise starter at the London Stadium
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West Ham accused of 'not caring' about Kurt Zouma's animal abuse in shocking video, as David Moyes slams choice of defender in starting XI - 'How can you be comfortable with that?"
And Moyes has already been criticized for the decision
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Zouma was booed by fans at the London Stadium to start the match, with the majority of the jeers coming from the far end of the crowd.

Snapchat footage of Zouma’s brother has emerged of the West Ham centre-back kicking his cat on the kitchen floor and then slapping him off a table.

A number of talkSPORT pundits have called for Zouma to be dropped after his actions were condemned by West Ham and the RSPCA.

However, Moyes went against the general consensus, starting the £30million summer signing due to his quality.

“He’s one of our best players,” Moyes said before the game.

“But it’s certainly ongoing and the club are dealing with it, so that’s another matter.”


West Ham accused of 'not caring' about Kurt Zouma's animal abuse in shocking video, as David Moyes slams choice of defender in starting XI - 'How can you be comfortable with that?"
Zouma was booed from his first touch of the ball
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Many were shocked by Moyes’ decision and explanation, including talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham.

“West Ham’s statement earlier that they would deal internally was not acceptable,” Durham said.

“It’s a public thing, there’s no reason for it to be internal, it smelled really bad a plan to forget it and sweep it under the rug and it was reinforced by the fact that it was chosen tonight.

“He has to answer this, David Moyes, how can you be comfortable letting an animal abuser represent your football club, how can the owners be comfortable?

West Ham accused of 'not caring' about Kurt Zouma's animal abuse in shocking video, as David Moyes slams choice of defender in starting XI - 'How can you be comfortable with that?"
Moyes will likely face even more scrutiny
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“I literally can’t believe Kurt Zouma is representing West Ham with this badge.

“Leicester have suspended players for breaking Covid rules, what Kurt Zouma has done is way beyond that.”

talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface agreed with Durham, saying Moyes had taken the wrong position by putting results ahead of club reputation.

“What West Ham is saying is that winning this football game is more important to us than the safety of the animals and the reputation of this football club,” Matterface explained.

“It feels like, choosing him tonight, ‘We don’t care what happened’.”

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