West Ham United have responded after a video emerged online of defender Kurt Zouma kicking and slapping his pet cat in a horrific act of animal abuse.
The footage shows the 27-year-old kicking the cat across the floor and hitting it while another person holds it up for him.
The Metropolitan Police have declined to investigate the clip, but both animal charity the RSPCA and the Frenchman’s club West Ham have lamented the player’s behaviour.
“West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has circulated,” a club statement read.
“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.”
The RSPCA labelled the video “very upsetting” and suggested an investigation of their own could be carried out.
“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.”
Zouma has publicly apologised, with the club set to deal with the incident internally.
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