West Ham defender Kurt Zouma was sentenced to 180 hours of community service after admitting to kicking and slapping his pet cat.
A judge at Thames Magistrates Court in east London also imposed a five-year ban on the France international’s ownership of cats.
Zouma sparked widespread anger after a video of him tossing shoes at the animal and hurling it across his kitchen in February went viral.
He was observed slapping the Bengal cat on the head and declaring, “I vow I’ll kill it.” The Snapchat-shared video contained laughing emoticons.
This resulted in West Ham fining him £250,000 ($315,000, 294,000 euros). He lost a big sponsorship agreement and his spot on France’s national team.
Susan Holdham, a district judge, deemed the conduct of Zouma and his younger brother Yoan, who filmed the incident, “disgraceful and repulsive.”
“You must be aware that others look up to you and that many young people strive to be like you,” she remarked, but she acknowledged their “sincere regret.”
Last month, Kurt Zouma pleaded guilty to two counts of causing an animal needless suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.
In addition to the community sentence and ban on cat ownership, he was ordered to pay over £9,000 in court costs.
Yoan Zouma, age 24, pled guilty to assisting, abetting, counselling, or procuring his older brother to commit a crime.
He was ordered to complete 140 hours of community service.
Yoan, a player from a lesser division, submitted the film to a woman he was set to go on a date with, but she cancelled the date after viewing the video.
She informed him, “I don’t think beating a cat like that is acceptable; don’t bother coming today.”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which brought the charges against the brothers, described their behaviour as “terrible.”
“We hope this case serves as a reminder that all animals deserve to be treated with care, compassion, and respect, and that we will not accept cruelty from anyone,” said Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer for the RSPCA.
West Ham stated following the incident that it “strongly condemns any sort of animal abuse or cruelty.”
“This type of behaviour is abhorrent and does not reflect the club’s values,” the statement continued.
Within 48 hours after the release of the video, Kurt was fined the maximum amount allowed by the club. The funds were donated to animal welfare organisations.