In February, a video circulated on social media showed the French Kurt Zoumadefender of West HamAttacking your pet cat, kicking and kicking. A month later, after advancing investigations, he issued RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Open legal action against the player and his brother Yuan.
“After a thorough and meticulous investigation, we have begun the prosecution of Kurt Zouma and Yuan Zouma (his brother) under the Animal Welfare Act,” the association said in a statement.
Shortly after the incident, the organization also took care of Zuma’s two cats, and has continued to do so ever since. According to the agency, more information regarding the process and the cats will be announced once the trial date is revealed.
West Ham fined the defender the equivalent of two weeks’ salary, but team manager David Moyes continued to offer the player whenever possible. With the lawsuit announced, the club only reported that it was “aware of the RSPCA statement and the investigations relating to Kurt Zouma”.
“Kurt continues to cooperate fully, with the support of the club. We understand that Kurt’s cats have been vet checked, are in good health and have not sustained any physical injuries. For legal reasons, neither Kurt nor the club will comment further. At this time,” he said. West Ham.
The French team He also announced that recalls would be considered in the future, but that any further incidents would be “devastating” for both the player and his club, West Ham.
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