A video of West Ham defender Kurt Zouma kicking his cat across his kitchen floor surfaced on the internet late last week and it’s now been confirmed that it’d not be investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
Despite apologizing for the terrible video published by The Sun newspaper, in which he is also seen slapping his cat in the face, Zouma will not face legal charges as a result of the incident.
Yoan, the Frenchman’s brother, is thought to have videotaped the altercation inside the defender’s home and shared it on Snapchat on Sunday afternoon, just a day after West Ham’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Kidderminster.
In his kitchen, Zouma can be seen picking up the cat before dropping it and kicking it across the room.
In front of a toddler, he is also seen chasing the Bengal cat around his dining room, while the videographer laughs.
The former Chelsea centre-back, who cost £30 million, is then seen tossing a pair of shoes at the animal as it tries to flee. He slaps the cat in the face and yanks it out of the child’s arms in the last scene.
Zouma has since issued an apology for the attack and insisted it was an isolated incident.
“I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video,” he said. “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.”
A West Ham statement said: “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.”
Charity for animals welfarism spoke about the incident. Zouma’s actions were criticised by the RSPCA, who emphasized the significance of reporting suspected animal cruelty.
“This is a very upsetting video. It’s never acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, for punishment or otherwise,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.
“We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.”