The Premier League club, West Ham United, announced on Wednesday that Kurt Zouma had been fined the “maximum amount possible” for mistreating his pet cat.
West Ham United in their statement about Zouma’s actions confirmed that the player has been fined the maximum amount permitted by law as a result of his actions in the video that has circulated. The player accepted the fine right away and asked for it to be donated to animal welfare organizations. The total amount of £250,000 constituting two weeks wages of the player was charged as the penalty and it is set to go to the animal welfare charities.
It came after Zouma’s two cats were taken into care by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), an animal welfare charity. The RSPCA is leading an investigation while co-operating with Essex Police.
These actions by the former Chelsea star have caused him a lot of harm by losing sponsorships from some top brands. Adidas has cut ties with the defender and West Ham’s official wellness partner, Vitality has also suspended their sponsorship.
After a video emerged of him dropping, kicking, and slapping the animal during a Premier League match against Watford on Tuesday, the France international has been widely disciplined.