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Antonio condems questions attack on Zouma over cat video


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West Ham forward, Michail Antonio, has questioned why Zouma is been attacked and why calls are being made for him to be sacked because he abused his cat when footballers have been allowed to continue playing the game after being found guilty of racism.

It will be recalled that the French centerback Zouma, has been widely criticized after a video of him abusing his cat emerged on the social media.

Although former Chelsea defender has apologized, but he’s still under investigation by animal welfare charity RSPCA and his two cats have been taken into the care of the organization.

Meanwhile, his employers, West Ham football club have fined Zouma for a fee understood to be £250,000.

Also, his sponsorship deal with Adidas has been terminated with the company announcing their decision after the footage surfaced on social media.

“We have concluded our investigation and can confirm Kurt Zouma is no longer an Adidas contacted athlete,” an Adidas spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Zouma, who featured in West Ham’s 1-nil win over Watford on Tuesday, was greatly catcalled by Watford’s supporters with West Ham fans joining in some of the jeering.

But his West Ham teammate, Michail Antonio, in an interview with Sky Sports has condemned the series of attacks on the French defender, he felt there was a need for a wider debate.

Michail Antonio

“I’ve got a question for you. Do you think what he’s done is worse than racism?” Antonio said.

“I’m not condoning a thing that he’s done, I don’t agree with what he has done at all.”

“But there’s people that have been convicted and been caught for racism, and have played football afterwards.”

“They got an eight-game punishment or something like that, but people are now calling for people to be sacked, for them to lose their livelihood.”

“I’ve just got to ask this question to everyone out there is what he’s (Zouma) done worse than what the people have done that (were) convicted of racism?”

Already, nearly three hundred thousand people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted as the public backlash heightens in a country renowned for its love for animals.

This article was updated 1 year ago

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