Soccer player Kurt Zouma to appear in court over shocking cat video

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West Ham United's Kurt Zouma before the Premier League match of February 8, 2022, photo: Reuters/Tony Obrien

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma will appear in court this week over a video where he was seen dropping his tabby cat and kicking him across the floor. The video showing the incident sparked public outrage when it was posted online in February.

On Tuesday, Zouma will appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) brought the case to court.

The defender faces three counts of violating the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He is being accused of unnecessary suffering to an animal and
failing to prevent “pain, suffering, injury or disease” to an animal in his care.

West Ham said they had made payments to nine animal charities. Zouma was fined two weeks’ wages, believed to be around £250,000 ($314,000, 295,000 euros).

The two cats belonging to Kurt were taken away by the RSPCA after the video surfaced.

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