West Ham have announced they will make donations to nine different animal welfare charities following outrage surrounding defender Kurt Zouma.
The centre-back was filmed earlier this year kicking and punching his pet cat, the video drawing condemnation from the footballing world and beyond.
West Ham have decided not to suspend Zouma but have now announced a series of charitable donations to animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas.
What was said?
A statement on the West Ham club website confirmed that Zouma had been given a financial penalty by the club and that the money would go to various organizations that work to protect cats.
The statement read“West Ham United are pleased to confirm that financial donations have been made to a number of animal welfare charities following the club fine imposed on Kurt Zouma.
“A total of nine organisations, supporting animal care and welfare in the UK and overseas, have been identified to receive significant payments which will go towards supporting the fantastic work they do.”
The charities are Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, National Animal Welfare Trust, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Pussycat Lodge Trust, Humane Society International/UK, International Fund Animal Welfare and War Paws.
What did Zouma do?
Kurt Zouma and his brother Yoan have been charged by the RSPCA in relation to the February video.
The West Ham player has been shown to abuse his pet kittens, filmed by his brother. Since then, there has been a huge outcry against the pair, ranging from widespread condemnation to fan protests.
While Yoan was suspended, his brother continued to play for the Hammers, with David Moyes saying he wanted to give him a “second chance”.