West Ham star Kurt Zouma was sentenced on Wednesday to 180 hours of community service for violence against his cat. The former Chelsea man is also prohibited from owning a cat for five years.
The French defender and West Ham star Kurt Zouma was sentenced on Wednesday to 180 hours of community service for ill-treatment of his cat. The 27-year-old, who pleaded guilty in criminal court last week, is also banned from owning a cat for five years. His brother, Yoan, who filmed the video, is sentenced to 140 hours of community service.
West Ham star Kurt Zouma was facing up to five years in prison
The 27-year-old was answering two counts: unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and an allegation of breach of an obligation to protect animals.
Last February, a video in which he was seen hitting his cat was posted on social networks and plunged him into turmoil. If we refer to British legislation, the former Stéphanois risked up to five years in prison.
The images, which had looped on social networks, had deeply shocked public opinion. West Ham had fined him 300,000 euros, but he had not been suspended in the Premier League. However, Zouma had been let go by a number of his sponsors, including sportswear giant Adidas, and had to face chambers in the stands.