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Zouma court appearance unlikely to change Moyes’ mind


By Hughie Southon

West Ham boss David Moyes looks certain to continue playing Kurt Zouma even if a court case is brought against him by the RSPCA for abusing his pet cat.

The charity are expected to bring an action and may benefit financially from the estimated £250,000 wage fine imposed on the central defender by the club should the player choose to donate it to them.

The RSPCA are unlikely to see that as an alternative to prosecution as it suggests they would not be taking the incident anything like seriously enough and that they would be putting finances before animal care.

The Hammers are expecting Zouma to face a case and should he be found guilty could be ordered to carry out community service and attend courses along with receiving a fine.

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Moyes, however, is highly unlikely to drop him from the team as he would see that as a double punishment on top of his two week wages loss.

And the club will feel that there is no reason why they should be punished for an incident which they have utterly condemned but over which they had absolutely no control.

Shameful though the incident has been, and for which there is no defence, it remains at the ‘low end’ of animal abuse.

The RSPCA would see such as  organised dog fighting, or starving a pet to death or near death, as more serious issues.

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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 “Zouma court appearance unlikely to change Moyes’ mind

  1. “At the low end of animal abuse” am not sure what that means, if he had drop kicked a baby which is effectively what he did, a small defenceless being unable to defend itself or comprehend why it was being treated that way and what’s more he could have seriously injured or killled it had the shoe he threw at it hit it, would you describe that as the low end of child abuse ?

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