His brother Yoan, 24, had filmed and shared a video of the 27-year-old West Ham player kicking and slapping his cat. 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 facts of which they are accused date back to February 6. The player’s two cats have since been entrusted to the animal protection society RSPCA, which had launched a procedure for Kurt and Yoan Zouma to be prosecuted under the legislation for the protection of animal welfare.
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 protest. The player was finally fined nearly 300,000 euros, the highest possible, inflicted by his club and the sports equipment supplier Adidas had broken a sponsorship contract with the player. West Ham had assured that, according to the information available to the club, the cats have “suffered no physical injury“. The club then assured that the financial penalty imposed on the player had been donated to animal protection associations.