Tension as West Ham Star Kurt Zouma Could Face Four Years in Prison in France for Kicking His Cat

Tension as West Ham Star Kurt Zouma Could Face Four Years in Prison in France for Kicking His Cat

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Kurt Zouma is already losing everything possible and it could include his freedom after he was captured kicking and slapping a cat
  • Although the West Ham United star has apologised over the act, as he has also been handed a staggering £250,000 fine
  • Latest reports have it that Zouma now risks four years in prison in France as a legal complaint has been filed against him

West Ham United star seems to be in big trouble as the Frenchman could face up to four years in prison after a clip captured him kicking and slapping his cat, Independent reports.

If found under the new animal protection law in his native France, the player could be sent to jail to spend, at least, four years.

It was gathered that a complaint has been filed against the 27-year-old in Paris where fans are angry with the clip showing him attacking his pet at his Essex home.

Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma could be jailed for kicking his cat. Photo: Marc Atkins
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Mirror reports that lawyers are now working with Million Friends Foundation ( La Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis ), the largest animal rights group in France, contacting prosecutors.

In a statement by the spokesman of the Foundation, Zouma committed a heinous act and the player must be prosecuted.

The statement further claimed that the Foundation is seeking that the player no longer represents France national team as they filed a legal complaint against him.

According to article 113-6 of the French Penal Code, a French citizen can be prosecuted for criminal acts carried out abroad.

Tough new animal protection laws were introduced in France in 2021, meaning that the ‘mistreatment of animals’ is now punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine equivalent to £50,000.

Zouma fined £250,000

Meanwhile, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) which is the largest animal welfare charity in the UK has taken into care the two cats owned by West Ham United star Kurt Zouma,.

Zouma has also been fined a staggering £250,000 after footage showed the moment he kicked and slapped one of his cats in his mansion.

A clip exclusively obtained by SunSport captured the 27-year-old dropping the animal from a height about his chest then kicking it upon landing.

Over 200,000 sign petition against Zouma

Sports Brief earlier reported that a petition calling for the prosecution of Kurt Zouma has gone viral on the internet, with well over 200,000 signatures already, as at the time of filing this report.

The defender was in West Ham’s starting lineup in their 1-0 win over Watford and manager David Moyes is under heavy criticism for fielding the Frenchman.

He could be facing serious prosecution after being spotted angrily kicking and slapping his pet cat in his kitchen at his mansion.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.