‘There is no defence for Kurt Zouma’s actions’: West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady condemns the cat-kicking defender’s actions, despite manager David Moyes continuing to play him
- West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was ‘shocked’ by Kurt Zouma’s actions
- The defender was filmed kicking his cat, which was taken away by the RSPCA
- The London club have fined the Frenchman two weeks’ wages – worth £250,000
- Brady said Zouma’s behaviour ‘in no way reflected the standards’ of the club
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has condemned defender Kurt Zouma after he was caught abusing his pet cat in footage released onto social media on Monday night.
The 27-year-old was seen kicking and hitting at his terrified cat in footage posted to Snapchat by his brother Yoan.
The Premier League club condemned the Frenchman’s actions and fined him two weeks’ wages, worth £250,000, which they pledged will be donated to animal charities.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady (pictured) has condemned defender Kurt Zouma
The 27-year-old was seen kicking and hitting at his terrified cat in footage posted to Snapchat
Zouma, has been widely condemned after a video emerged of him allegedly hitting the animal
Adidas confirmed Zouma has lost his boot sponsorship, with the company saying he ‘is no longer a contracted athlete’.
Zouma has been criticised by notable figures, including Brigitte Bardot and French politician Marine Le Pen, but the Champions League-chasing club have shockingly continued to play him despite the ferocious backlash.
And, while the club released a statement condemning his actions, co-chairman David Gold and Brady had remained silent over the matter.
However, Brady has become the latest to slam the player, writing in her column for The Sun.
The Frenchman was fined two weeks’ wages by the club and lost his Adidas boot sponsorship
‘Let me be absolutely clear – there is no defence for Kurt Zouma’s actions,’ the vice-chairman said.
‘I, like anyone who watched the video that circulated this week, was shocked by what I saw.
‘Kurt’s behaviour in no way reflected the standards and values that we hold dear at West Ham United – and of course those of our pet-loving nation.
‘Our stance on this as a Club has been clear from the very outset – we unreservedly condemn his actions and would never condone any form of cruelty towards animals.
‘We have acted swiftly to fine him the maximum amount available to us.’
Zouma is being investigated by the RSPCA after his two cats were taken into their care
Brady also claimed the club’s values extended to ‘second chances’ and revealed the importance of re-education at West Ham.
She said that West Ham were discussing ‘relevant educational programmes’ that could help the player and support the work of animal welfare charities.
Brady revealed that Zouma had shown ‘extreme remorse’ and ‘accepted this sanction immediately without reservation and was in full agreement that the funds be donated to ensure some good is done’.
West Ham boss David Moyes received mass backlash after starting Zouma in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Watford, less than 24 hours after the videos surfaced.
But the 58-year-old defended his decision and has confirmed he is also available for Sunday’s clash with Leicester City.
David Moyes (left) has confirmed that Kurt Zouma will play against Leicester on the weekend
‘We all make mistakes in life,’ Moyes said ahead of Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium. ‘I am not condoning his actions. We all accepted they were diabolical. But we’ve chosen to play him and I stand by that.
‘We’ll send him to the RSPCA who are going to help him – just like if somebody had a drink-driving offence, we’d get them help. We’d hope those people would get better and never do that again.
‘He is really remorseful and disappointed in his actions. There will be reactions at football grounds, which he will have to expect and rightly so. He played the other night and I thought the West Ham supporters gave him a good reception.
‘Kurt knows he has made mistakes and he will have to take his punishment. We’ve punished him as a club as much as we feel is right to do. We know there could be other sanctions as well. We’ll try to do everything for him.
‘I understand how people feel. I really do. But now we’re asking for a bit of forgiveness from everybody. We all make mistakes.’
Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma’s brother, Yoan, Dagenham & Redbridge, has been suspended by his own football team, for filming the disgraced star’s cat-kicking video.
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