West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma was sentenced to 180 hours of community service. He confessed to kicking his cat and slapping her.
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The 27-year-old Zouma was also banned from raising cats for five years. At the hearing, he confessed to two offenses under the Animal Protection Act. The court also ordered his Czech teammate Tomáš Souček to pay expenses of almost £ 9,000 (CZK 260,000).
Zoum’s brother Yoan, who plays for Dagenham and Redbridge, received 140 hours of community service. “You were both involved in this disgraceful and reprehensible act with this domestic cat,” said District Judge Susan Holdham.
The court heard that the footballer had faced racist insults and threats since losing footage of torture, lost a “significant sponsorship deal with Adidas” and lost his place on the French national team.
“The cat was looking up to you, you should have taken care of her needs. You didn’t meet her needs that February day. You have to realize that others are looking up to you and many young people want to imitate you, “the judge said firmly.
Yoan, 24, filmed the incident at his older brother’s home and posted it on Snapchat on February 6 with laughing smileys. In the footage, Zouma kicks the cat in the kitchen, then throws her shoes at her and slaps her on the head. His brother later sent the video to the woman he was talking to, and she raised the alarm.
Hazel Stevens, the prosecutor’s deputy, said the video shows Kurt Zouma saying, “I swear I’ll kill her, I swear I’ll kill her.”
Stevens added that the young woman who saw the footage first was so horrified that she canceled a meeting with Yoan and said, “I don’t think it’s okay to beat a cat like this – don’t bother coming today.”
Zoum’s football club also condemned his player’s behavior. “West Ham wants to make it clear that we strongly condemn any form of animal cruelty or abuse. This type of behavior is unacceptable and is not in line with the values of the football club, “the team wrote.
“Within 48 hours of the release of the footage, we gave Kurt the maximum possible fine to which the club is entitled. The entire amount will now go to several deserving charities dedicated to animal protection, “the club said in a statement. According to Zoum’s estimates, he was fined £ 250,000 (CZK 7 million).
“Kurt admitted at the earliest opportunity that what he had done was wrong. He apologized unreservedly. We hope that now that the court has ruled, everyone will give Kurt a chance to learn from his mistake and move on, “West Ham wrote.
“We are glad that justice has been achieved quickly in this terrible case, and now we are focused on finding these lovely cats the loving homes they deserve. We hope that this case will be a reminder that all animals deserve kind, compassionate and respectful treatment and that we will not tolerate cruelty on the part of anyone, “said Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.