A video posted online shows West Ham United defender, Kurt Zouma, kicking and hitting his cat. In an article published by The Sun, it showed the clip, which also contained footage of Zouma chasing the animal and throwing shoes at it.
West Ham has condemned Zouma’s actions to The Sun newspaper in a strongly worded statement following the publication of the clip.
They wrote: “West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has circulated.
“We have spoken to Kurt and will be dealing with the matter internally, but we would like to make it clear that we in no way condone cruelty towards animals.”
Zouma has also released a statement, apologising for his actions and expressing his regret. He said: “I want to apologise for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret. “I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.
“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”