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Moyes tells Zouma to focus on football after cat abuse shame

London (AFP) – West Ham manager David Moyes says Kurt Zouma needs to focus on football as the France defender deals with the fall-out from his cat abuse shame.

Zouma was fined two weeks’ wages and dropped by his personal kit supplier Adidas after he was filmed kicking and slapping his pet cat.

The 27-year-old issued an apology but his behaviour was strongly condemned across the football world.

Despite the outcry, Moyes chose to play Zouma in a Premier League match against Watford immediately after the video went public.

Zouma withdrew from last Sunday’s draw at Leicester after feeling ill just before kick-off, but he could return against Newcastle on Saturday.

“He’s better, but it’s taken him a couple of days to get over it – he had quite bad sickness and illness, but he’s trained the last couple of days, so I’m hoping that he’ll be available,” Moyes told reporters on Friday.

Zouma was jeered by Watford and Leicester fans after his shocking behaviour.

There were calls in France for him to be banned from the national team after the video showed him throwing a shoe at the cat while laughter was heard in the background.

But Moyes has stuck by Zouma, insisting that he deserved a second chance, and he wants his centre-back to make sure football is his only focus from now on.

“I think he’s probably really disappointed about what he’s done and he’s thinking about it a lot, no doubt, but overall we have tried to get him to move on,” Moyes said.

“We want him to concentrate on his training. He played very well for us against Watford the other week there, so we’re hoping that we can keep him at those levels of performance, we’ll be pleased with that.

“He’s really well-liked here amongst the supporters, the performances he’s put in throughout the season already, so hopefully he can focus on his football and we’ll give him as much support as we can until we get him right back to his best.”

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  1. Happy Hermit

    February 18, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Moyes only cares about the money. This makes him just as guilty Zouma. IF Zouma feels sooo bad about what he did, then why is HE not apologizing instead of Moyes doing it for him.
    Moyes should be ashamed and I hope the fans let him know it!

    • Nosferatu

      February 19, 2022 at 3:13 am

      The way it’s been handled by Moyes has been shameful. Obviously his number one remit is to win games, but he’s been around long enough that I’d like to think he’d also want to do it with class. What, you couldn’t sit Zouma for one game–against Watford!?

      I like how he talks about Zouma deserving a second chance. Usually second chances are for people who are guilty of something AND suffered some consequences. By not sitting Zouma for even one game, what real penalty has Zouma faced by which he’d need a second chance?

      It’s such a terrible message to send to young fans out there. Abuse animals while acting like it’s some kind of joke and have that posted to social media? All good! Nothing wrong here!

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