In a video released last February, West Ham’s French defender Kurt Zouma was filmed abusing his cat and repeatedly kicking it. A sequence that sparked outrage and resulted in the player being sentenced to 180 hours of community service. For the first time, the former Stéphanois returned to this episode during an interview with the media of his club West Ham TV, where he expressed his remorse.
“Obviously I did something very wrong and I still apologize for what I did. I know it was very difficult for people to watch and see this and I’m obviously very, very sorry. I have a lot of regret about it and now I’m trying to move on with my family and look to the future,” said Lyonnais after giving birth.
He then talks about the support he got from his family. “The club has been fantastic for me, the support I’ve had from my team-mates, the staff and everyone at the club, even the fans, has been unreal and they’ve helped me stay focused on the game. to do my best on the pitch throughout time, and of course I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done,” he continued.
Barring surprise, he will not go to Qatar
Despite the controversy, his manager David Moyes had kept his faith in the 27-year-old, the undisputed keeper of the Hammers’ defence. The supporters of the London club then did not fail to inhibit him by imitating cats’ meows during his touches of the ball or waving inflatable cats in the stands. At the height of the controversy, he was even booed by his own audience. The coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps, had spoken out and condemned an act of “unnamed cruelty” as “unacceptable and intolerable”.
Despite convincing club performances, Kurt Zouma has not been called up to the French team since this event. In all likelihood, he should not be part of the Blues who will fly to Qatar to compete in the World Cup. Didier Deschamps will announce his list on Wednesday evening on TF1’s news broadcast at