Westham attacker Michail Antonio has responded to the Zouma cat saga by asking those calling for his West Ham teammate Kurt Zouma’s head following a video of him attacking his cat whether his action is worse than racism.
A troubling footage of Zouma kicking and attacking his cat was circulated on social media Monday with a resultant backlash from people following his action. They were calls for Zouma to be dropped from West Ham’s match day squad against Watford, but manager David Moyes has been receiving widespread criticism for not yielding to the calls.
Since the incidence happened, the France international has been disciplined by the club with the Hammers fining him two weeks’ wages. The backlash also saw the defender losing adidas as his boot supplier, while one of West Ham’s sponsors withdrew their support of the club.
Following the reactions from people, West Ham’s top scorer Antonio was asked of his what he feels about events on Thursday and he gave an interesting answer.
“Do you think what he’s done is worse than racism?” he asked a Sky Sports reporter.
“I am not condoning a thing he’s done at all. But there’s people that have been convicted, been caught for racism, and have played football afterwards.
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“They haven’t got punished. But people are now calling for people to be sacked, to lose their livelihood. I’ve just got to ask this question for the people out there: is what he’s done worse than what the people have done who were convicted for racism?”
The feeling around his answer shows Antonio’s comments maybe in response to comments from former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on BBC Breakfast, where he implied that Zouma’s actions may have been worse than racism.