The RSCPA has confirmed that no animal welfare course has been put in place for footballer Kurt Zouma despite the West Ham United manager suggesting that was the case. The animal welfare organization also insisted no donations had been received from the football club.
The 27-year-old French footballer has come under fire after a video allegedly taken by his brother surfaced showing Kurt Zouma kicking and slapping his cat. When the footage emerged, the 27-year-old issued an apology and West Ham United condemned their player’s actions, reports The mirror.
Despite the football club announcing that Kurt Zouma will be fined £250,000 over his behaviour, West Ham are still facing criticism after manager David Moyes played defender for their Premier League clash with Watford less than 24 hours later.
On Friday February 11, David Moyes appeared to suggest the Frenchman had been offered some form of animal welfare course from the RSPCA, with West Ham also confirming that the player’s fine would be donated to an “appropriate charity for animal welfare”.
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“There are different views on whether he should be available. We decided he should. I’m sticking with that,” Moyes said.
Zouma was fined the maximum by the Hammers, with the club “currently in the process of identifying suitable animal welfare charities” to benefit from the funds.
“I don’t think any club could have acted faster than they have at the moment. West Ham have done a very good job,” added Moyes. “I don’t tolerate him, his actions were terrible. They were evil but we chose to play him and we’re sticking with it.
“He has incredible remorse. Like everyone else in life, sometimes you need a little forgiveness. He hopes he is forgiven for a bad deed. We are going to help him. We try to do everything we can as a club, as a team, to help him.
“Like people who may have drunk driving offences, most of them need to take courses to find out the reasons and the damage that can be done. I think the RSPCA will offer us some classes so that Kurt understands animals and how to care for them.”
On Saturday, an RSPCA spokesperson said in a statement that “there have been no plans for animal welfare courses to be undertaken. Our focus remains entirely on our experienced officers carrying out an investigation comprehensive and thorough.
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The RSPCA said she had also not “been offered or accepted a donation”.
It was confirmed earlier this week that Zouma’s two cats had been taken care of and had already been checked by a vet.
A statement said: “Two cats are in our care, have been seen by a vet and are well cared for. They will remain in our care while the investigation continues and are not available for rehoming although we have many lovely cats looking for new homes: www.rspca.org.uk/findapet.
“We understand the high level of interest in this incident and can assure you that our experienced officers are carrying out a full and thorough investigation. As this is a live investigation, we are limited in what we can tell, but we will provide updates when we can.
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