PREMIER League runner-up Kurt Zouma could be prosecuted after being videotaped kicking his cat like a ball on his kitchen floor.
West Ham star, 27 years oldwas also seen slapping his pet in the face.
The club has condemned his actions and will “resolve the matter internally”.
West Ham defender was seen attacking the pet at his £2million mansion while his brother filmed him.
Zouma, 27, dropped the moggy and started it up mid-air on the kitchen floor.
The France international then chased the animal around his dining room in front of a child as the cameraman laughed.
Zouma also threw a pair of designer shoes at the pet – it frantically tried to escape.
In one final clip, he is seen slapping the cat hard in the face – and out of the child’s arms.
Last night, Zouma issued an unfortunate apology for the attack and insisted it was an isolated incident.
“I want to apologize for my actions,” he said. There is no excuse for my behavior, which I sincerely regret.
West Ham statement
“West Ham United does not regret the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has been released.
We have spoken with Kurt and will be working on the matter internally, but we want to make it clear that we will never tolerate cruelty to animals. “
“I also want to deeply apologize to anyone who was upset by the video. I can assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.
“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behavior is an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
Reportedly, the £30million ex-Chelsea player was furious when the Bengal – an expensive domesticated cat breed that looked like a small leopard – had disturbed his house.
A source said: ‘It looks like Kurt got mad at the cat for accidentally breaking some kind of vase and spilling a light from the kitchen cupboard.
“But what he did next was completely unacceptable. Kurt kicked it, threw shoes at it and then slapped it. The poor cat looks so scared.”
The disturbing video was filmed by Zouma’s brother Yoan and posted to Snapchat on Sunday afternoon – a day after the midfielder appeared for West Ham in the FA Cup.
The first clip is captioned “sa startnce”, which translates into English as “it’s starting”. It is replaced by dozens of smileys in the following clips.
BENGALS is one of the UK’s rarest and most expensive domesticated cat breeds.
The breed originated in the United States in the 1970s from wild Asian leopard cats crossed with tabby cats.
Bengal kittens currently cost around £2,000 each.
Their spotted coat makes them look like little cheetahs and their athletic, slim build has made them prized pets in the cat world.
They are known for their extremely friendly personalities and are loved for their loyalty.
Celebrity owners include Twilight star Kristen Stewart, 31, TV favorite Jonathan Ross, 61, and reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian, 42.
Disgusting animal rights charities have beaten to death the Premier League chief – who could now face a criminal investigation.
The Sun understands that the RSPCA has received at least one complaint about the video, which could give the charity time to prosecute.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “This is a very offensive video. It is never acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, as punishment or otherwise”.
Dr Maggie Roberts, of the charity Cats Protection, said: “Any person who sees or suspects ill-treatment of an animal, whether this is physical violence, neglect or any other form. Any other cruelty must be reported to the RSPCA.
“Police work closely with the RSPCA to investigate cases of cruelty to animals. Cats are sentient beings and experience pain and fear. Hitting a cat will only hurt it physically and mentally.
“We’ve found that some people who watch the video online think it’s funny. We can assure them this is not a laughing matter.”
Last night, West Ham released a statement “unwarranted condemnation” of their players’ actions
Zouma – who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea after joining them in 2014 – has scored once in 12 games since moving to the Hammers in the summer.
5 years in prison under tough new law
Animal abusers now face harsher prison sentences under a new bill passed by Congress last year.
The heaviest offenders could be locked up for 5 years instead of just 6 months under the Animal Welfare (Conviction) Bill.
Dogfight organizers, farmers who neglect their horses, and thugs who mistreat puppies or kittens can all face long prison terms.
The new legislation – backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his animal-loving wife Carrie – comes after a four-year campaign by Battersea Cats & Dogs Home in London.
It made CCTV mandatory in all UK slaughterhouses and banned the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter.
Standards in zoos must be improved and domestic animals even given their emotional protection.
The law states that vertebrates have the right to happiness as well as to avoid suffering.
The Batterseas launched their crusade after it was discovered that flycatchers were given harsher sentences than animal abusers.
When the bill went into effect last June, comedian Ricky Gervais, 60, a dedicated animal rights campaigner, said: “Finally justice will be served to whoever causes a crime. cruelty to animals and an appropriate punishment given.
“It’s one of those things that I hope will serve as a deterrent to anyone attempting to harm an innocent creature.”
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