Kurt Zouma was fined nearly $ 400,000 by the English Premier League club West Ham after a video was released in which he mistreated a cat, kicked and slapped it. The player was attacked on social media by fans. The cat was stolen from the soccer player and taken into custody by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: even the sponsors are abandoning the player, who also risks a long disqualification.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said: "The cats are safe and have been placed in our care. We are grateful to all who have expressed their concern for these cats. We continue to investigate so we cannot comment further in.
this moment." Adidas abandoned the player, saying, "Kurt Zouma is no longer a contract athlete with Adidas. No animal should be subjected to cruel and unwarranted abuse."
West Ham said: "Kurt and the club are cooperating fully with the investigation - he is extremely sorry."
West Ham manager David Moyes said abiut his player: "My job is to pick the best team and Kurt was a part of it. I'm a huge animal lover and I know it has affected a lot of people. I was disappointed with what I saw, but my job was to try to find a way to get West Ham to win.
Some people will be disappointed and I understand that. I've talked to him before, it's a really bad situation."
Zouma's brother posted a video on social media in which the West Ham and French national team defender mistreated his cat, beating and kicking him on the kitchen floor Zouma apologized, but that was not enough: "I am deeply sorry for anyone who was shocked by the video.
I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are fine and loved by our whole family: this behavior was an isolated incident that was not. will happen more. "