West Ham players ‘demand pay rises’ after Kurt Zouma fine makes his wages public

After the club’s punishment of Kurt Zouma had an unintended effect, West Ham United are reportedly ready for a wave of disgruntled players seeking compensation hikes.

The Hammers fined Zouma £250,000 and the RSPCA took his cats away from him after he was seen on camera kicking and abusing them.

This week, the player has been in the center of a storm when The Sun obtained footage shot by his brother exposing Zouma abusing his dogs inside his home.

West Ham boss David Moyes was criticised for starting Zouma in the team’s 1-0 victory over Watford on Tuesday night, and the issue now appears to have created a new issue.

The Daily Mail reported that West Ham players were enraged to learn that Zouma, who earns £125,000 per week, is the club’s highest earner.

The 27-year-old signed a four-year deal with West Ham in the summer for £29.8 million from Chelsea, but his colleagues had no idea how much he made.

Widespread rumours that Zouma’s £250,000 fine equivalent to two weeks’ pay have now shattered the secrecy.

Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko, both forwards, are said to make almost £100,000 each week, including bonuses.

Meanwhile, crucial players such as Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, and Vladimir Coufal are on ‘significantly less,’ according to the report.

The disclosures are rumoured to be causing a ‘mutiny’ over salaries, with West Ham expected to be flooded with players requesting better contracts.

The Zouma saga has also had an influence on sponsorship, which could generate financial problems for the east London team.

While Zouma’s Adidas contract has been terminated, West Ham has been shaken by the suspension of its partnerships with Experience Kissimee and Vitality.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s beer and cider partner, Heineken UK, said it was “appalled” by the footage and praised the club’s measures.