Kurt Zouma‘s pet cats have been taken into care after a video emerged of the West Ham United defender kicking and slapping one of the animals.
Zouma, who began West Ham’s 1-0 Premier League win in opposition to Watford on Tuesday, apologised after a video, that was originally shared on Snapchat by Zouma’s brother, Yoan, confirmed the France worldwide selecting up the household pet earlier than kicking it throughout the kitchen flooring.
A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated: “The 2 cats are actually in RSPCA care. Our precedence is and has all the time been the wellbeing of those cats. They have been taken for a check-up at a vets after which will stay in our care whereas the investigation continues.”
West Ham confirmed that Zouma will likely be fined two weeks’ wages amounting to £250,000 for the incident. The cash will likely be donated to animal charities.
An announcement from the membership stated: “West Ham United can verify that the membership is supporting an RSPCA investigation into the actions of Kurt Zouma within the video circulated on-line this week.
“Kurt and the membership are co-operating absolutely with the investigation and the participant has willingly complied with the steps taken within the preliminary stage of the method, together with delivering his household’s two cats to the RSPCA for evaluation. Kurt is extraordinarily remorseful and, like everybody on the membership, absolutely understands the depth of feeling surrounding the incident and the necessity for motion to be taken.
“Separate to the RSPCA’s investigation and pending additional sanction as soon as the result of that course of is set West Ham United can verify that Kurt Zouma has been fined the utmost quantity doable following his actions within the video that circulated. The participant has instantly accepted the fantastic, which will likely be donated to animal welfare charities.
“West Ham United want to reiterate our condemnation of Kurt’s actions and make it clear that the matter continues to be dealt with with the utmost seriousness. Nevertheless, we imagine it’s now necessary to permit the RSPCA to conduct their investigation in a good and thorough method, and will likely be making no additional remark at this stage.”
In the meantime, Vitality, West Ham’s official wellness accomplice, has suspended its contract with the membership because of the video and adidas additionally confirmed “Zouma is now not an adidas contracted athlete.”
“We have been very distressed by the video now we have seen of Kurt Zouma,” a press release from Vitality learn. “At Vitality, we condemn animal cruelty and violence of any variety. We’re vastly dissatisfied by the judgement subsequently proven by the membership in response to this incident.
“As such, we’re suspending our sponsorship of West Ham United with instant impact. We’ll now be additional partaking with the membership to know what actions they are going to be taking to deal with the scenario.”
Zouma was booed by sections of the gang on Tuesday and after the sport West Ham supervisor David Moyes was asked whether starting him sent out the correct message.
“I’m actually dissatisfied and the membership have taken all of the actions they’ll do in the mean time and are engaged on it behind the scenes,” Moyes instructed reporters.
“My job is to attempt to decide a group which supplies me one of the best likelihood at West Ham and Kurt was a part of that group.
“I used to be actually dissatisfied with what I noticed and what I used to be instructed. However general my job tonight was to get a win for West Ham, after all there are people who find themselves dissatisfied with that and I perceive that absolutely.”
Zouma had earlier stated: “I additionally wish to say how deeply sorry I’m to anybody who was upset by the video. I want to guarantee everybody that our two cats are completely fantastic and wholesome.
“They’re beloved and cherished by our complete household, and this behaviour was an remoted incident that won’t occur once more.”