Kurt Zouma is summoned by justice on Tuesday in a case of violence against his cat. In particular, he must respond to two counts: unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and an allegation of breach of an obligation to protect animals.
Kurt Zouma is going through a tough time. If the player is an important part of the West Ham defense, he has somewhat grilled himself in the public eye. The reason ? An act of animal cruelty towards his cat, which was relayed on social networks. Since then, the French international has been mocked and jeered at in Premier League stadiums. He also lost some of his sponsors, who wanted to avoid having their brand linked to such actions. This Tuesday, Zouma will finally have to explain his behavior before the Thames Criminal Court. Two two counts are in particular against him according to the BBCnamely: unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and an allegation of breach of an obligation to protect animals.
A sentence of up to 5 years in prison
Kurt Zouma will be in court on Tuesday after breaking three animal welfare rules.
The Frenchman was accused of “unnecessary suffering” and failing to protect the cat from “pain, injury or disease”. pic.twitter.com/1pmQFWI20l
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Kurt Zouma wasn’t the only one to appear in the cat abuse video. His brother Yoan was also there. He has been charged by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and will appear alongside his brother on Tuesday at 10am. What are the risks for the two brothers? Under British law, the maximum penalty is up to five years in prison. However, it is unlikely that the sentence will be so severe. On the other hand, we can count on a nice fine and an apology from Kurt Zouma. The latter will have to redouble his efforts to fix his image with the public but also with Didier Deschamps, who has not selected him since his exit from the track. An exit from the track which could well prevent him from taking part in the World Cup under the colors of the France team.