Kurt Zouma plaide coupable devant la justice après avoir maltraité son chat

Kurt Zouma pleaded guilty to mistreating his cat on Tuesday in a British court after the broadcast of a video that provoked indignant reactions. His brother Yoan, 24, had filmed and shared a video of the 27-year-old West Ham player kicking and slapping his cat.

According to prosecutor Hazel Stevens, the video taken on February 6 was shot after cats allegedly damaged a chair. ” Kurt Zouma is then determined to punish or somehow retaliate for the damage done. “, she described before adding: “ Since these images were made public, there has been an upsurge of people hitting cats and posting the images on various social media. “.

A fine of €300,000 donated to associations

Prosecuted for complicity, Yoan Zouma also appeared at Thames Magistrates court in east London on Tuesday morning and admitted having “ aided, abetted, counseled or instigated his older brother to commit an offense “. The two men will know their sentence during a hearing on June 1.

The player’s two cats have since been handed over to animal welfare society RSPCA, which had launched proceedings to have Kurt and Yoan Zouma prosecuted under animal welfare legislation. The London club had not suspended their player and had even made him play a match the evening of the revelation of the affair, provoking a huge wave of protests.

The player was finally fined nearly 300,000 euros, the highest possible, imposed by his club and the sports equipment manufacturer Adidas had broken a sponsorship contract with him. The club then assured that the financial penalty imposed on the player had been donated to animal protection associations.




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