Blues and West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has apologized after a video was released on social media on Tuesday February 7 in which he is seen mistreating his cat in his home in the London suburbs.
In the two clips broadcast on Snapchat and that the tabloid “The Sun” relayed, we can see Zouma filmed by a relative chasing his cat in his luxurious house, kicking him, before throwing a shoe at him and finally him. slap on the muzzle while the animal is in the arms of a child.
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The whole scene unfolds with laughter in the background and laughing emojis embedded in the footage. According to the Sun, the 27-year-old defender was furious after his cat accidentally smashed a vase and ripped out a light fixture.
“I want to apologize for my actions. There are no excuses for my behavior, which I sincerely regret. I also want to say how deeply 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.”reacted in a press release the French international (11 caps), who joined West Ham from Chelsea in August 2021.
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West Ham also condemned ” without reservation “ his player’s behavior in a separate press release: “We have spoken to Kurt and will be handling the matter internally, but would like to make it clear that we do not condone animal cruelty in any way. »
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The images made the associations for the protection of the animal cause jump across the Channel, where cruelty to animals can be punished by 5 years in prison. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the most important of these associations, called the video a “very upsetting”. “It is never acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, in punishment or otherwise”added his spokesperson.
The controversy has also spread on social networks: on Twitter, some Internet users demanded on Tuesday that the Frenchman be laid off by West Ham or that Didier Deschamps no longer call him back to the France team.