By Mboh Promise
Premier League player, Kurt Zouma has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service and banned from keeping cats for five years for kicking and slapping his cat.
The 27-year-old France defender was widely condemned for manhandling his cat in February after videos of him slapping and kicking the cat went viral on social media.
Amongst the charges levied on Zouma, was a court sentence which was also placed on his brother, Yoan Zouma
Sentencing the brothers at the 15-minute hearing, the district judge Susan Holtham said: “Both of you took part in this disgraceful and reprehensible act with this pet cat.
“You must be aware that others look up to you and many young people aspire to emulate you.”
Kurt Zouma was also ordered to pay court costs of nearly £9,000. His brother was ordered to carry out 140 hours of community service and also banned from owning cats for five years.
He pleaded guilty at Thames magistrates court in east London last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat, after blaming the family pet for damaging a chair.