Dshocking images that have gone viral on social media. As RMC Sport spotted, French footballer Kurt Zouma made the front page of English tabloids and in particular the Sun after the broadcast of a damning video where we see him violently hitting his cat several times in his home. The French international, who has nine caps with the Blues and plays for West Ham, loses his nerve against the animal he slaps and kicks and kicks.
In a press release relayed by The Sun, the London club strongly condemns the abuse shown by the former Chelsea Blues player in the video, and confirms that they are taking the matter seriously: “West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that circulated. We have spoken to Kurt and will handle the matter internally, but would like to make it clear that we do not condone animal cruelty in any way. »
“There are no excuses”
Faced with this growing controversy, the defender wanted to make his mea culpa: “I want to apologize for my actions, he reacts. There are no excuses for my behavior, which I sincerely regret. I also want to say how sorry I am to everyone who was upset by the video. I want to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy. They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behavior was an isolated incident that will not happen again. »
Animal abuse is an increasingly sensitive topic in the UK after a new bill passed parliament in 2021. Abusers now face stiffer prison sentences of up to 5 years .