View: West Ham should ignore bizarre Kurt Zouma mocking from rival fans
Newcastle fans were very creative with their bizarre mocking of West Ham defender Kurt Zouma at the London Stadium yesterday (February 19).
Disappointingly, the game ended 1-1 with Eddie Howe’s relegation strugglers handing the Hammers a major blow in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Newcastle certainly enjoyed their day in east London on and off the pitch with another point added to their tally and their fans – and even the players – coming together to poke fun at the recent Zouma-cat saga.
Not only did they boo the Frenchman at every chance, Toon fans snuck a large number of inflatable orange cats into the ground that were flaunted in the away section and eventually confiscated as they were thrown towards the pitch.
It has also been rumoured on social media that Newcastle striker Chris Wood got in on the act and was meowing at the Irons defender during the Premier League clash, causing Craig Dawson allegedly complaining to referee Chris Kavanagh.
What do you expect?
As a football fan, you have to see the funny side of this, surely?
That far from saying what Zouma did was funny because it was absolutely disgusting but he deserves all the light-hearted stick he gets.
The saga seems to have died down in the media and the necessary action by the appropriate authorities have been carried out which should calm the heavy scrutiny the 27-year-old faced amid the brunt of the controversy.
Admittedly it is a very sensitive topic and one everyone should be careful of when joking about but that is a part of football culture that is likely to never change.
The main thing for the French international is to focus on his football and continue to put in the top performances he has done all season long.
Nobody will be able to taunt him if he is keeping clean sheets, winning games and hopefully contributing to the goals from set pieces as the fans have seen him do so regularly before his injury earlier in the season.