Kurt Zouma has issued a grovelling apology after West Ham condemned a stunning video of him kicking his cat.
Additional clips, obtained by The Sun, present the Frenchman, 27, slapping his pet’s face and one other hurling a pair of designer footwear because the cat tries to flee.
Zouma’s brother, Yoan, filmed the disturbing footage, which was posted to Snapchat on Sunday afternoon.
The primary clip is captioned “sa begin”, translating to “it’s beginning”, earlier than being changed by laughing face emojis in later clips.
West Ham have launched an announcement condemning his actions and vowing to “take care of the matter internally” while Zouma has insisted the assault was an remoted incident.
He instructed The Solar: “I wish to apologise for my actions. There aren’t any excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely remorse.
“I additionally wish to say how deeply sorry I’m to anybody who was upset by the video. I want to guarantee everybody that our two cats are completely wonderful and wholesome.
“They’re liked and cherished by our total household, and this behaviour was an remoted incident that won’t occur once more.”
West Ham’s assertion learn: “West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our participant, Kurt Zouma, within the video that has circulated.
“We have now spoken to Kurt and can be coping with the matter internally, however we want to make it clear that we under no circumstances condone cruelty in direction of animals.”
An RSPCA spokesperson stated: “This can be a very upsetting video. It’s by no means acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, for punishment or in any other case.”
Dr Maggie Roberts, of charity Cats Safety, stated: “Any individual seen or suspected of treating an animal badly, whether or not that is bodily violence, neglect or some other type of cruelty ought to be reported to the RSPCA.
“The police work intently with the RSPCA to research circumstances of animal cruelty. Cats are sentient beings and expertise ache and worry.
“We observed that some folks viewing the video on-line thought it was humorous. We will guarantee them that this isn’t a laughing matter.”
Zouma rose by means of the ranks at French membership Saint Etienne earlier than being signed by Chelsea in a £12million deal in January 2014.
He had mortgage spells at Stoke Metropolis and Everton throughout his seven-and-a-half yr stint at Stamford Bridge, throughout which he revamped 150 Blues appearances.
He left Chelsea completely to affix West Ham in a £29.8million deal final summer time, signing a four-year deal on the London Stadium.
The defender has made 15 appearances for the Hammers, just lately coming back from a hamstring damage.
However simply his second look in two months in opposition to Kidderminster Harriers within the FA Cup on Saturday ended with him pressured to battle on in damage time after selecting up a knock.
The incident together with his cat allegedly occurred the next day.