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Kurt Zouma ‘expected to be dropped’ after animal cruelty footage emerges

Kurt Zouma is expected to be dropped for West Ham United’s fixture against Watford on Tuesday night after footage emerged online of him kicking and slapping a cat.

Kurt Zouma is expected to be dropped for West Ham United’s fixture against Watford on Tuesday night after footage emerged online of him kicking and slapping a cat.

Zouma has issued a statement saying he is “deeply sorry” for the disturbing actions depicted in the video and the Evening Standard report that he is not expecting to be selected for the Watford game, with West Ham facing calls to sack him.

The club have also released a statement in which they “unreservedly condemned” the French defender’s actions, while the RSPCA has also confirmed it is looking into the matter.

Zouma joined the Hammers from Chelsea in a £30m deal last summer and was originally expected to be in the squad for Tuesday’s game despite picking up a knock against Kidderminster in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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But he is now likely to face disciplinary action, with the club confirming in the statement that they “in no way condone cruelty towards animals” and will be dealing with the matter internally.

In his apology, 27-year-old Zouma said: “I 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, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”

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