Brentford fans decided to aim a savage chants at West Ham’s Kurt Zouma going off injured which had some in the stands laughing.
Zouma had to go off after just 29 minutes before picking up an ankle injury that forced him off, with David Moyes replacing him with Issa Diop.
As the West Ham physios treated Zouma, Brentford supporters bellowed out a chant about the cat abuser, singing: “Put him down, put him down, put him down!.
Another part of the stadium sang ‘That’s how your cat feels that’s how your cat feels’ as he was being subbed.
That’s how your cat feels pic.twitter.com/iKSgejkvz8
— Red Bee (@OneRedBee) April 10, 2022
As mentioned, it references the controversy surrounding Zouma from earlier this year.
Zouma was widely condemned after a video emerged showing him hurting his own pet cats.
In footage filmed by his Dagenham player brother Yoan in February, he was shown slapping and kicking his cat inside his home.
He was fined £250,000 by the Hammers and had his pets taken away from him by the RSPCA due to concerns over the wellbeing of the animals.
“I want to apologise for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret,” Zouma said in a statement at the time.
“I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy. They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
After missing one game, Zouma continued getting picked by Moyes for West Ham games despite the huge backlash over the despicable incident.
The 27-year-old would have hoped for the backlash to be blown over by now, but Brentford fans had their turn to make a dig.
Meanwhile, Moyes could be without Zouma for Thursday’s Europa League second leg clash with Lyon.
On Zouma, the West Ham boss said: “Kurt has twisted his ankle. We don’t know how bad it is.
“We’ll get him checked but I’ve not gotten a chance to speak to the medical team yet. Coming off is not a good sign but hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Moyes added that the performance his team delivered was ‘really shoddy’.
Brentford: Raya (7), Henry (7), Pinnock (7), Zanka (6), Ajer (6), Norgaard (7), Eriksen (6), Janelt (6), Wissa (6), Mbeumo (8), Toney (7).
Subs: Canos (5), Jensen (6), Roerslev (n/a).
West Ham: Fabianski (5), Coufal (5), Dawson (6), Zouma (5), Cresswell (5), Rice (6), Soucek (6), Fornals (6), Lanzini (5), Bowen (5), Antonio (5).
Subs: Vlasic (5), Benrahma (5), Diop (5).
Man of the Match: Ivan Toney
Moyes continued: “Disappointing. It was really, really shoddy from our point of view.”
“No I don’t have any complaints, we weren’t at it from the start,” Moyes told BBC Sport.
“There are mitigating circumstances, we had a tough game on Thursday and the Thursday-Sunday schedule is not ideal. The most part has been good but today felt like one too many.
“I said to the lads I don’t remember giving anything of quality for their goalkeeper to do. That is not like us but it wasn’t to be today.
“It was a big opportunity today for us to get three points. We had to come here to get a result but Premier League games are hard. If anything, this weekend showed it.”
Brentford manager Thomas Frank said: “I think it was close to a complete performance. It was the first time all season we have more or less controlled the game from minute one to minute 90.
“Winning 2-0 against a very good side, a side in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and challenging for the top four, and restricting them to just five shots, that’s ‘wow’ for me.
“I’m very proud of the performance, it was possibly even more complete than the Chelsea one. The way we did it shows how far we’ve come.
“It’s a combination of a top performance and a good win, that’s the big thing. Of course I looked at the table, but I want to focus on the next game.”
RSPCA say RSPCA pic.twitter.com/1QS53YRIcQ
— Jamie Keen (@Keenooooo) April 11, 2022
— Beesotted Brentford (@Beesotted) April 10, 2022
Zouma being substituted due to injury with chants from the Bees fans of ‘That’s how your cat feels that’s how your cat feels’ lol. Well done Brentford great game! #BREWHU #BrentfordFC #Bees pic.twitter.com/vbSfS3Fbs4
— Elaine Cook ⭐️⭐️🏴🇬🇧🇺🇦 (@lainiec07) April 10, 2022
Boos ring round the Brentford Community Stadium when Kurt Zouma’s name is read out… pic.twitter.com/1EyWU3iC7I
— Layth (@laythy29) April 10, 2022