Gary Neville condemns Kurt Zouma but says the West Ham defender should not be sacked

Gary Neville condemns ‘stupid’ Kurt Zouma, but says the West Ham defender should NOT be sacked and that David Moyes ‘just about got it right’

  • Gary Neville said Kurt Zouma did a ‘stupid thing’ but he should not be sacked
  • Calls have been made for Zouma to be sacked after the video emerged last week 
  • The Sky Sports pundit said he thought David Moyes had ‘just about got it right’


Gary Neville has disagreed with calls for Kurt Zouma to be sacked following a video emerged last week of the West Ham defender kicking a cat.

More than 330,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted but Neville thought fining the player was the correct way to go.    

‘Zouma will always regret what he’s done, it was a stupid thing to do,’ Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.

Gary Neville said calls for Kurt Zouma to be sacked are wrong and that a fine was more suitable

‘Do I think he should never play football again? No, I don’t. I think he should be allowed to play football again.

‘Do I think he deserves to be punished, fined two weeks’ wages and banned for two or three games? Yes. So should he have played the other night? Maybe not.’

The Sky Sports pundit also said matters like this would have been dealt with internally back during his playing days.

More than 330,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted

More than 330,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted

‘It’s really difficult because I think, historically, Sir Alex [Ferguson] would have closed ranks,’ ‘He would have dealt with it internally. The problem you have in 2022 is that it isn’t sometimes enough to say, “I have dealt with it internally”.

‘Sometimes, with social media, you aren’t sure how some things are going to fly as well or how something is going to grow.

‘It’s that balancing act of doing the right thing, but trying to stand by your team members and players who have made mistakes.’

But Neville said he believed that West Ham manager David Moyes had 'just about got it right'

But Neville said he believed that West Ham manager David Moyes had ‘just about got it right’

The former Manchester United full back said he believed West Ham boss David Moyes has ‘just about got it right.’ 

‘Kurt Zouma made a terrible mistake. The reality of it is that [West Ham boss] David Moyes was left in a difficult predicament.

‘I think he has just about got it right. Some people will say he got it wrong. Some will say he got it right.

‘I think it’s very difficult for a manager. The club have to set the tone. If that’s my club, I’m taking that away from the manager. I am protecting the manager.’