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West Ham Players Left Annoyed Over Kurt Zouma Fine Revelation

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West Ham Players Left Annoyed Over Kurt Zouma Fine Revelation

West Ham United players have reportedly been left annoyed by the revelation of how much Kurt Zouma in earning, following his fine.

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There has been uproar this week towards Zouma, and West Ham, over the disturbing video on social media that showed him kicking and hitting his cats.

Whilst the club condemned his actions, David Moyes started him in Tuesday's win over Watford, that came only several hours after the statement, something Moyes was slammed for.

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Zouma has now had the cats removed from his care and been fined two weeks wages by the club, with £250,000 being donated to the RSPCA.

Whilst his teammates have supported him, the revelation of how much he's been fined has proved he earns £125,000-a-week and, according to the Daily Mail that hasn't gone down well with his teammates.

The report claims that there had been rumours amongst the players how much the defender was on following his arrival from Chelsea last summer but no confirmation.

Zouma played against Watford on Tuesday. Image: PA Images
Zouma played against Watford on Tuesday. Image: PA Images
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His fine has confirmed him as the best paid player at the club and could lead to other important players asking to be on similar wages to the 27-year-old.

Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko are thought to around £100,000-a-week, with the former having recently signed a new deal, but others are not on anywhere near that much.

The likes of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal could be left demanding parity, or near parity, with the French centre back and the club's chances of keeping hold of Declan Rice will certainly take a hit if they can't offer him close to Zouma's wages.

Rice has been heavily linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea and Moyes recently said the midfielder was a £100 million player.

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Rice could be one of the players annoyed his wages aren't close to Zouma's. Image: PA Images
Rice could be one of the players annoyed his wages aren't close to Zouma's. Image: PA Images

Despite their annoyance at finding out his wages, Hammers' teammates have backed Zouma and are generally of the opinion that the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.

Suggestions from the likes of Chris Kirkland that the player should be sacked, and the suggestion what he did was worse than racism, led to a defence of the player by Antonio.

Zouma has been dropped by Adidas for the incident, whilst some of the club's sponsors have also dropped the team or suspended their sponsorship for the time being.

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Moyes' side currently sit fourth place in the Premier League, leading the race for the final Champions League spot from Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: West Ham United, Kurt Zouma, Premier League, Declan Rice

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