West Ham has responded to animal cruelty claims against player Kurt Zouma after a video emerged showing Zouma repeatedly slapping and kicking his two cats
West Ham player Kurt Zouma faces huge fines following leaked animal abuse footage.
In the video, Zouma is seen repeatedly ‘drop-kicking’ and slapping his two Bengal cats, which have since been taken by RSPCA.
West Ham Football Club has issued a statement condemning the player’s actions and promises to pay £250,000 to an animal charity using Zouma’s weekly earnings.
However, the club has seen huge backlash from fans and sponsors calling for more action to be taken.
Kurt Zouma apology
Since the leaked video went viral, Zouma has issued an apology for his disgusting actions.
Zouma wrote: “I want to apologize for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret.
“I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.
Ironically, Zouma added that his cats “are loved and cherished by our entire family.”
Additionally, the West Ham player claimed his disturbing behaviour was an “isolated innocent”.
West Ham FC has issued a statement, saying: “We would like to make it clear that we in no way condone cruelty towards animals.”
Furthermore, the footballer has been fined two-weeks wages, a total of £250,00, that will then be donated to an animal charity.
Source - Instagram @westham
Despite actions taken against Zouma by West Ham, many feel it is not enough.
During a recent football game, crowds reportedly booed Zouma each time he had the ball.
In addition, fans also chanted “RSPCA” throughout the game.
The club has also faced severe backlash from sponsors.
Insurance company Vitality has terminated its sponsorship with the club. While Adidas has dropped Zouma from their direct sponsorship.
Adidas has commented: “No animal should be subject to cruel and unwarranted abuse, and we are investigating the incident internally.”
Moreover, a petition has surfaced calling for Zouma to be prosecuted for his actions.
The petition has over 270,000 signatures and counting.
Despite public outrage, the Metropolitan Police have said they will not be investigating the incident.
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Source: Plant Based News