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RSPCA take pets into care, West Ham fine defender two weeks’ wages


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Kurt Zouma‘s pet cats have been taken into care after a video emerged of the West Ham United defender kicking and slapping one of the animals.

Zouma, who started West Ham’s 1-0 Premier League win against Watford on Tuesday, apologised after a video, that was originally shared on Snapchat by Zouma’s brother, Yoan, showed the France international picking up the family pet before kicking it across the kitchen floor.

A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said: “The two cats are now in RSPCA care. Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of these cats. They’ve been taken for a check-up at a vets and then will remain in our care while the investigation continues.”

West Ham confirmed that Zouma will be fined two weeks’ wages amounting to £250,000 for the incident. The money will be donated to animal charities.

Zouma was booed by sections of the crowd on Tuesday and after the game West Ham manager David Moyes was asked whether starting him sent out the correct message.

“I am really disappointed and the club have taken all the actions they can do at the moment and are working on it behind the scenes,” Moyes told reporters.

“My job is to try and pick a team which gives me the best chance at West Ham and Kurt was part of that team.

“I was really disappointed with what I saw and what I was told. But overall my job tonight was to get a win for West Ham, of course there are people who are disappointed with that and I understand that totally.”

Zouma had earlier said: “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.”

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