West Ham player Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to abusing his cats – sport

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French defender Kurt Zouma He pleaded guilty in a British court on Tuesday to mistreating his cats. 27 years old West Hama traditional English first-class team, was caught kicking and hitting the pet in a video shared on social media.

He also represented Yuan Zuma, Kurt’s brother, in London court, where he admitted that he had “aided, encouraged, advised, and abetted his older brother to commit a crime”. He was responsible for posting the photos online on February 6. The video outraged West Ham fans and civil society in England, and Zuma announced his retraction.

“I want to apologize for my actions. There is no excuse for my behaviour, which I deeply regret. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly healthy. They are loved and cherished by all of us, and this was an isolated behavior that will not be repeated,” Zuma said in a statement to the newspaper. the sun.

The player’s cats are in the hands of the Humane Society RSCPA, which has sued Kurt and Yuan Zuma under the Animal Welfare Act. In turn, West Ham did not stop the player, but rather fined him about 300,000 euros (1.5 million Brazilian riyals), which is the highest possible amount. He also got a sponsorship deal that Adidas broke.

West Ham then confirmed, according to the information available to the club, that the cats “have not suffered any physical injury”. The London team later confirmed that the financial penalty imposed on the player had been donated to animal protection societies.

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