After being caught on camera abusing his beloved cat, West Ham United footballer Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty to animal abuse charges.
At Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, the 27-year-old France international was guilty of two animal welfare violations.
Yoan, Zouma’s younger brother, caught him kicking his Bengal cat across his kitchen floor before smacking its head with a pair of shoes in February.
The video of the abuse went viral after it was uploaded on the Snapchat social media app.
Zouma allegedly threatened to “murder” his cat after it allegedly damaged a chair in his home, according to prosecutor Hazel Stevens.
“There’s been a wave of individuals beating animals and sharing it on various social media platforms since this tape was placed into the public domain,” Stevens stated “,
“Their actions are inconsistent with a high-profile image, “She went on.
Kurt Zouma’s two pet cats were taken into care by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) following the occurrence, and a court lawsuit was filed.
Zouma was initially fined two weeks’ pay by West Ham United, and he also lost his Adidas sponsorship agreement.
The London club, on the other hand, chose not to suspend the player and even chose him to play in a match on the day the incident was discovered.
The cats “did not sustain any physical injury,” according to West Ham, and Zouma’s fine was donated to animal welfare groups.
The 27-year-old admitted to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected species on Tuesday, while a third allegation was dropped.
Yoan Zouma, 24, also admitted to assisting, abetting, coaching, or procuring his brother to commit a crime. In February, he was suspended by Dagenham & Redbridge, a fifth-tier English team.
On June 1, both of them will be sentenced.