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Irons claim Zouma/Benrahma affairs put to bed by squad

By Hughie Southon

West Ham insiders claim the spirit among the squad remains as good as evert despite separate incidents on Kurt Zouma and Said Benrahma causing initial ripples “in the pond.”

Some have suggested that recent events may not have helped the slump of form within the squad but the Zouma affair was put to bed quickly when Mark Noble called a squad meeting which has remained fairly secret.

However, a key insider told us this morning that the word he had received on the grapevine was that the squad had agreed that whilst they were all unimpressed with his actions towards a pet cat, football had to come first and he received their full confidence.

That may well have helped to see the central defender become near man of the match against Watford and Newcastle.

The Benrahma incident – which saw him leaving the pitch very slowly on Saturday and complaining about being hooked – was also put to bed when the players reported for training yesterday.

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We were told: “It was a momentary thing on the pitch during the game but he, the manager and squad were all happy and smiling at training yesterday morning.”

He added: “The major problem is that several players have lost their form at the same time but that can come back fast so now is not the moment to say the dream is dead!!


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Irons claim Zouma/Benrahma affairs put to bed by squad

  1. Very interesting ….
    So who told Moyes he got to apologize to Benny for the fight he caused. And to drop his attitude towards the young man. This has been on going ever since. And stats also say Benny the most subbed player in the Premier league.
    And wrt the cat-attack … this will now go away? Not only was an offence/crime committed, but Moyes and the board have failed to openly deal with it.
    Some reports say, WH supporters booed Zouma. What does that tell West Ham board? Will these supporters now be victimised by the captain, Moyes and the board?
    Moyes is quick to have made his judgement against unvaccinated people, saying he wont sit next to such a person … someone who committed no crime? Wow.
    Sadly, our precious club is seen to be a bunch of hippocrates who cant keep their house clean.
    Lord, help us !!!

    • The club have openly dealt with it. They’ve fined him the max possible and donated the cash to animal charities. They’ve also encouraged him to take a course in animal treatment. They’ve been quite open all along. If a crime is committed it is investigated and dealt with by the appropriate authority. The majority of the fans that were at the game say it was the opposition fans booing not West Ham fans. How on earth can fans be victimised by the Captain, manager and board? Moyes is at an age where catching covid 19 could be life threatening so you cannot blame him for not wanting to sit close to someone who he knows is unvaccinated. But, I must confess I cannot see how this is at all relevant.
      Your true point seems to be that you don’t think Benrahma should have been hooked. No doubt several players deserved to suffer the same fate. As an ex rough n tough defender I would assume Moyes fumes at players who refuse to put in their tackles. This is one of Benrahmas main faults so perhaps that’s why he gets subbed so often
      Please tell us who thinks we’re a bunch of ancient Greek physicians.

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