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Deschamps condemns Zouma's cat abuse but won't rule out France call-up

Thu 10 February 2022 | 14:56

Despite criticizing Kurt Zouma for hitting and abusing his cat, France coach Didier Deschamps has not ruled out the possibility of calling the player tor the national team.

Didier Deschamps, France's manager, called Kurt Zouma's behavior "shocking" and "intolerable" when footage of the West Ham defender assaulting his cat surfaced on social media. 

The RSPCA, who took Zouma's cats into the shelter, and many other animal protection organizations also criticized the 27-year-conduct, old's with his club fining him £250,000 and donating the money to charity. 

Following the release of the video,

Adidas

terminated their sponsorship with the center-back. 

After saying he was "deeply sorry" for his conduct, Zouma was still picked by Hammers boss David Moyes for the 1-0

Premier League

victory against Watford on Tuesday.

Deschamps was similarly harsh on Zouma, although he declined to rule him out for international service. 

"I was very surprised by Kurt," Deschamps said on France 3. "This is something that is inadmissible, intolerable, and cruelty without a name.

"These images are shocking and unbearable."

He added:

"I'm not a prosecutor. I am here to make selections on different criteria.

"It's happened to me before that players who have made mistakes have not been selected for a while. I will not change my way of doing things for the next squad."

The 27-year-old has 11 international caps to his name and was included in France's Euro 2020 team. 

This season, the defender has made 15 appearances for West Ham as they aim for a top-four finish in the Premier League and a strong campaign in the

Europa League

under David Moyes.

 

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