In a video released last February, West Ham French defender Kurt Zouma was filmed abusing his cat, 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 and in which 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 remorse about it and now I’m trying to move on with my family and look to the future,” said the Lyonnais by birth.
He then talks about the support he received from his family. “The club have been amazing to me, the support I’ve had from my teammates, the staff and everyone at the club, even the fans, has been unreal, and they’ve helped me stay focused on the game. game, trying to do my best on the pitch all the time and obviously I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done,” he continued.
Except surprise, he will not go to Qatar
Despite the controversy, his coach David Moyes, had maintained his confidence in the 27-year-old player, indisputable holder in the defense of the Hammers. The supporters of the London club then did not fail to heckle him by imitating cat meows during his touches of the ball or brandishing 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 expressed himself, judging “inadmissible and intolerable” an act of “unnamed cruelty”.
Despite convincing club performances, Kurt Zouma has not been called up to the France 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 is due to announce his list on Wednesday evening on TF1’s 8 p.m. newscast.