West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has mentioned that he’s “very, very sorry” after kicking and slapping a cat in February, as he mirrored on a “difficult spell for me and my family” in an interview along with his membership web site.
He was later ordered to finish 180 hours of neighborhood service by the Thames Magistrates Court docket in June, after pleading responsible to the offense, PA Media reported on the time.
“Obviously I have done something very bad and I apologize again for what I’ve done,” he mentioned within the interview with West Ham. “I know it was very tough for people to watch and to see that and obviously I feel very, very sorry. I have great remorse about it.”
The UK animal welfare charity, RSPCA launched an investigation into the French worldwide participant after a video of the incident, filmed by his youthful brother, Yoan, surfaced on-line in February exhibiting him hurling sneakers at his pet cat, slapping it throughout the face, chasing it across the room and kicking it throughout the ground in what seemed to be a personal residence.
In the course of the sentencing at Thames Magistrates’ Court docket, Zouma was additionally banned from proudly owning a cat for 5 years and ordered to pay courtroom fines of almost £9,000 ($11,214).
Yoan was ordered to finish 140 hours of neighborhood service after pleading responsible to 1 rely of aiding, abetting, counseling or procuring his older brother to commit an offence below the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The RSPCA seized two cats belonging to Zouma shortly after the incident they usually have remained of their care since February.
“I learned from it, that’s the most important thing, I would say,” Zouma added. “Obviously, I had support from many, many people around me who helped me stay focused on football and I try to stay happy.”
West Ham fined the French worldwide defender the utmost quantity attainable following his actions within the video and donated the cash to animal welfare charities. l
“The club has been unbelievable with me, the support that I received from my teammates, from the staff, and everyone at the club, and even from the fans, have been unreal,” Zouma mentioned. “And they helped me stay focused on the game, to try to do my best on the pitch all the time and, obviously, I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done. This club is like my family.”