Kurt Zouma Cat Video Viewed 3 Million Times as West Ham Condemns Actions

A video showing West Ham United soccer star Kurt Zouma kicking a cat has gone viral on social media.

The video has been widely shared on Twitter and has been viewed over 2.6 million times as of press time. It showed Zouma kicking a cat across the room at his home, as well as attempting to throw a shoe at it.

West Ham United have condemned the actions of Zouma and said they would be investigating the incident internally.

"West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has circulated," the English club said in a statement.

"We have spoken to Kurt and will be dealing with the matter internally. We would like to make it clear that we in no way condone cruelty towards animals."

The video showed Zouma kicking his cat across the room while someone recorded. The video then cut to another moment where the soccer player threw a shoe at the fleeing cat. In a final snippet, Zouma is seen slapping the cat out of a child's hands.

Zouma has since apologized for the video and insisted it was an isolated incident.

"I want to apologize for my actions. There are no excuses for my behavior, which I sincerely regret," Zouma said in a statement.

"I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video.

"I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.

"They are loved and cherished by our entire family. This behavior was an isolated incident that will not happen again."

The video has resulted in furious backlash on social media and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) also condemned the actions of the soccer star.

"This is a very upsetting video. It's never acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, for punishment or otherwise," an RSPCA spokesperson told Newsweek.

"We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare."

Animal charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also commented on the video.

"By slapping, kicking, and hurling objects at his cat, in front of an impressionable child no less, Kurt Zouma has proved himself to be a bully and animal abuser, taking his petty issues out on the most defenseless," PETA UK tweeted.

In addition to the calls for an investigation into the video and any ongoing abuse, some viewers on social media demanded that Zouma should face a football ban or a lifetime ban from owning pets.

Newsweek has contacted West Ham United for comment.

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Kurt Zouma of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on December 1, 2021 in London, England. A video viewed over 2.5 million times on social media shows Zouma allegedly kicking a cat. Sebastian Frej/Getty Images