West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service and banned from keeping cats for five years after pleading guilty to kicking and slapping his cat, says a London court on Wednesday.
Zouma admitted two offenses under the Animal Welfare Act at Thames Magistrates’ Court last month after a viral video, filmed by his brother Yoan and posted on social media in February, showed dropping one of his cats and kicking him on the ground.
The Frenchman’s brother was sentenced to 140 hours of community service.
“You both participated in this disgraceful and wrongful act with this pet cat,” District Judge Susan Holdham said.
“The cat looked up to you for supporting him. On this February date, you did not support him.”
Zouma’s two Bengal cats have since been in the care of animal charity RSPCA.
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The 27-year-old, who was fined by West Ham over the incident, lost his sponsorship deal with sportswear brand Adidas and was also mocked by fans during a Premier game League against Watford in February.
Zouma, however, continued to enjoy the support of manager David Moyes and made 33 appearances in all competitions as West Ham finished seventh in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
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