West Ham’s Kurt Zouma loses Adidas deal for abusing pet cat
- RSPCA charity has taken Zouma’s two cats into their custody
- Zouma was seen dropping, kicking and slapping a cat
- According to BBC, West Ham imposed a fine of $340,000
West Ham's Kurt Zouma lost his Adidas sponsorship deal for abusing his pet cat as the RSPCA charity said it had taken two animals into their custody. On Wednesday, West Ham imposed a fine of the "maximum amount possible" on Zouma for the allegation.
"We have concluded our investigation and can confirm Kurt Zouma is no longer an adidas contracted athlete," a statement from Adidas read.
The awful incident had happened on Tuesday during West Ham’s 1-0 victory against Watford. Zouma’s behaviour has been widely condemned after a video emerged of him dropping, kicking and slapping the cat.
The RSPCA animal welfare organisation termed his act as "very upsetting" and is leading the investigation while cooperating with the police.
In the wake of the incident, over 200,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted as the public backlash intensifies in a country renowned for its love of animals.
Zouma is extremely remorseful: West Ham
On Wednesday, West Ham issued a fresh statement saying Zouma was complying with the RSPCA, including delivering his two cats to the charity for assessment.
"Kurt is extremely remorseful and, like everyone at the club, fully understands the depth of feeling surrounding the incident and the need for action to be taken," the club said.
"Separate to the RSPCA's investigation and pending further sanction once the outcome of that process is determined, West Ham United can confirm that Kurt Zouma has been fined the maximum amount possible following his actions in the video that circulated.
"The player has immediately accepted the fine and has requested that it is donated to animal welfare charities."
West Ham impose a huge fine on the footballer
According to BBC, West Ham imposed a fine of $340,000, with standard Premier League contracts allowing for a maximum fine of two weeks' wages.
The RSPCA, which is working with police on the case, tweeted that the cats were "safe and in our care".
"Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of these cats," said a spokesman. "They've been taken for a check-up at a vets and then will remain in our care while the investigation continues.
"We're grateful to everyone who expressed their concern for these cats. We were dealing with this issue before the video went viral online and are leading the investigation."