Former Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma has revealed how he feels after footage emerged of a cat-kicking incident earlier this year which ordered him to perform 180 hours of community service. The West Ham star has also been banned from keeping cats as pets for five years after he admitted kicking and slapping his cat. He was also fined by his club for the incident and addressed the controversy in an interview on his website, published on Friday. “It has been a difficult time for me and my family. Obviously I did something very wrong and I still apologize for what I did. I know it was very difficult for people to watch and see that and obviously I’m very, very sorry. Zouma said. “I have great remorse about it and now I’m trying to move on with my family and look to the future. I learned from that, that’s the most important thing, I would say. Obviously I had the support of many, many people around me who helped me stay focused on football and I try to stay happy. “The club have been amazing to me, the support I’ve had from my teammates, the staff and everyone at the club, even the fans, has been unreal, and they’ve helped me stay focused on the game, trying to do my best on the pitch all the time and obviously I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done. This club is like my family,” he added. Zouma’s abuse of the animal came to light after his brother Yoan filmed the attack and uploaded it to the social network Snapchat in February. The clip showed Zouma kicking and slapping his cat in his house. At Thames Magistrates’ Court, Zouma pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act. Yoan Zouma admitted one count of aiding, abetting, advising or inciting his older brother to commit an offence, and had to perform 140 hours of community service. Kurt Zouma was ordered to pay £9,000 ($10,000) in court costs, and after West Ham fined him, the Premier League club ordered the Frenchman to donate to nine UK charities and foreign animal welfare authorities. Cleared to continue playing despite the row, Zouma has started all 12 of West Ham’s league appearances this season and is set to play at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Not all news on the site expresses the views of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
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