Jamaican National football player Michail Antonio, who plays for West Ham in the English Premier League, has launched a defence for his club member Kurt Zouma, who is undergoing some very heavy criticisms for a video that surfaced online showing him kicking and slapping his cat which has been interpreted as a case of animal cruelty by the many persons who saw the footage.
As a consequence, his team has decided to fine him £250,000 for the incident which is an amount equivalent to his wages for a two-week timeframe, however, that is not the only action that has been taken against the defender as the RSPCA also took away his two cats with even the Essex Police getting on the matter.
See the shocking video below of the bad deed by Zouma.
Already 165,000 people have also taken the initiative to sign an online petition, hoping for the prosecution of Zouma, with “The 30 Million friends foundation”, the largest animal rights group in France filing a lawsuit against the footballer that could result In him getting incarcerated for up to four years.
Antonio’s defence was aired via Sky Sports after catching up with the player, who asked the question of whether what Zouma did was worse than racism.
To make his stance clear, the Jamaican National footballer stated that he is in no way condoning the actions of Zouma, however, he made a point that there have been persons who have gotten a conviction for racism, and still return to the field to play football so his question to the reporter was to compare the cruelty of the actions of racism to the slapping and kicking of a cat.
Where the sacking of the West Ham player is concerned, Antonio does not believe in that but instead referred to players getting punishment for offences in the form of missing out on games but according to him, banning Zouma permanently from the team would be taking away his livelihood.
As for the coach of West Ham United, David Moyes, he also received much backlash after including the controversial player in his starting 11 on Monday in the game against Watford which they won by 1 goal, and stating to BBC that he had to make that decision since he wanted to have a team on the field that could give him the win, but is nonetheless disappointed with the actions of the defender. Moving forward though, Moyes stated to the popular News house that he thinks that the player will learn from what he did.