West Ham donate to nine animal welfare charities after Kurt Zouma fine


East Ham has donated to nine different animal welfare charities using funds raised from Kurt Zouma’s fine for attacking his cat.

The French defender found the maximum two-week salary, around £250,000, after footage emerged on social media in February of him kicking and slapping his cat.

Zouma is facing prosecution by the RSPCA following their investigation into the incident alongside his brother, Yoan, who filmed the footage.

West Ham have decided not to suspend the 27-year-old, who started their Premier League win over Watford less than 24 hours after the footage was released.

The club’s foundation has been tasked with finding suitable causes to donate the funds to and nine charities, a division of local, national and international organisations, have now been named.

Nationally and locally, the club has split funds between six charities: Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, National Animal Welfare Trust, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals and Pussycat Lodge Trust.

Three other international charities – Humane Society International/UK, International Fund Animal Welfare and War Paws – have also benefited.

The RSPCA has confirmed that the legal process has begun against the two Zouma brothers, who will face a private hearing once a court date is set, which could drag on into the summer.

Zouma apologized for his actions once the video became public but has not commented since, while the former Chelsea centre-back was also dropped by sponsors Adidas.

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