Kurt Zouma: West Ham boss David Moyes says defender available for Leicester City game

West Ham boss David Moyes says Kurt Zouma is available for Sunday’s game at Leicester amid the controversy of the defender being filmed kicking his cat.

Animal charity the RSPCA has taken the 27-year-old’s two cats off him as they investigate the incident.

Moyes was criticised for picking Zouma against Watford on Tuesday after the video of the defender emerged.

“There are different views whether he should be available. We decided he should. I stand by that,” said Moyes.

Zouma has been fined “the maximum amount possible” by the Hammers, with the fee being donated to animal welfare charities.

The video also showed Zouma slapping his cat and was reportedly filmed by his brother Yoan.

Yoan is at Dagenham & Redbridge, who have said he will not play for the club until the conclusion of an RSPCA investigation.

The fall-out from the incident has resulted in German sportswear firm Adidas ending its deal with the Hammers player.

West Ham sponsor Experience Kissimmee has also ended its deal with the club, while another one of the London outfit’s sponsors, Vitality, has suspended its contract with the Premier League side.

More to follow.

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