Kurt Zouma and his club, West Ham FC are currently facing troubles over the player’s treatment of his cat as seen in a video that surfaced online recently.
The player’s cats have already been removed from his house by authorities in-charge of animal rights.
A statement released by Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals reads:
“We’d like to reassure people that we’re investigating and the cats are safe and in our care. We have been dealing with this since before the clip went viral online and need time to conduct our investigation.”
We are a charity but we have to act in a similar way to the police in the way we investigate any matter, following proper legal processes. Investigations do not conclude overnight and there is often work going on behind the scenes that we’re unable to update people on.
Please only call our national cruelty line about this if you have fresh information, so we can continue to receive calls about other animals in need of our help.
West Ham FC confirmed Zouma has been fined two week’s wages which will be donated to animal welfare charities.
The club confirmed Kurt Zouma fined “the maximum amount possible” and the money donated to animal charities. That is two weeks’ wages – understood to be £250,000
Sponsors have also stated that they are reviewing their relationships with both the Player and the Club.
West Ham wellness partner, Vitality has suspended their sponsorship of West Ham with immediate effect because of the club’s handling of the Kurt Zouma incident.
The company said “We were very distressed by the video we have seen of Kurt Zouma. At Vitality, we condemn animal cruelty and violence of any kind.”
A statement released by Vitality posted on its website reads:
“We are hugely disappointed by the judgement subsequently shown by the club in response to this incident. As such, we are suspending our sponsorship of West Ham United with immediate effect.
We will now be further engaging with the club to understand what actions they will be
taking to address the situation.”
Adidas have confirmed Kurt Zouma is no longer a contracted athlete after a disturbing video emerged of him hitting, dropping, and kicking his pet across his kitchen floor on Monday.