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Jeff Stelling Speaks Perfect Sense On Kurt Zouma Debacle

Jeff Stelling Speaks Perfect Sense On Kurt Zouma Debacle
By Jonathan Browne

West Ham have created a whirlwind of drama for themselves in the past 24 hours. Yesterday morning, videos emerged of their defender Kurt Zouma kicking his pet cat across the floor of his kitchen. Many online were outraged by the video - over 100,000 people have signed a petition saying Zouma should be prosecuted for the incident - and many didn't want to see the French international in a Hammers shirt for a very long time.

Move forward to last night and West Ham were hosting Watford at the London Stadium with David Moyes' men looking for a win to jump up to fourth place in their fight for Champions League football. When the teamsheets came out an hour before kick-off many were baffled to see Zouma's name on it starting at centre back.

This caused even more outrage from everyone from fans to former footballers to animal rights activists to London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Moyes was, of course, asked about his decision to play Zouma after the game. He said he picked Zouma as he was one of their "better players" and said that the club was conducting their own investigation internally. He then backed his decision post match and called himself an "animal lover". In another interview post match he also stated that Zouma will be available for selection during the duration of the club's internal investigation.

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A source close to the West Ham ownership explained their perspective on TalkSport this morning in another statement.

There has been outrage to West Ham's reaction to the incident. Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling perhaps summed up the debacle best with a sarcastic tweet last night.

Stelling outlined his objections to the situation in more detail later in the evening, saying the issue was bigger than football. .

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We await news as to whether Zouma will be sanctioned for the incident.

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