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Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping a cat as West Ham star appears at Thames Magistrates’ Court


Kurt Zouma has admitted kicking and slapping a cat during his appearance at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

The West Ham defender has been charged with three offenses after a video of the 27-year-old abusing his pet cat went viral on social media in February.

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Zouma pleaded guilty to kicking and slapping a cat

Filmed by his younger brother – Dagenham and Redbridge player Yoan Zouma – Zouma was filmed kicking and slapping one of their pet cats, shocking viewers around the world.

As a result, he was charged by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act, with his two cats being cared for.

Zouma said he was “deeply sorry” for what he had done, before West Ham fined the player £250,000.

The player’s guilty plea comes after he was charged with two counts of causing ‘unnecessary suffering’ to the cat by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it on the head, while not protecting the cat from “pain, injury or disease”. .


Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping a cat as West Ham star appears at Thames Magistrates’ Court

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Zouma dropped and then kicked one of his Bengal cats in a video that emerged earlier this year

Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping a cat as West Ham star appears at Thames Magistrates’ Court

Zouma also slapped the cat from his child’s arms

Meanwhile, his brother is charged with two counts of “aiding, abetting, advising, or procuring” Kurt to commit the offense of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat.

While Kurt continued to play for West Ham in the months that followed, Yoan has not played for Dagenham and Redbridge since January 29.

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