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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz has called out West Ham defender Kurt Zouma after the emergence of a shocking animal abuse video.
A video shared online by The Sun and reportedly filmed by Zouma's brother, Yoan, sees the Frenchman abusing his cat inside his £2 million mansion.
Zouma picks up the cat before dropping it across his kitchen floor and kicking it, while he also slaps the feline and throws a pair of shoes at it in the disgusting footage.
The sickening video has quite rightly caused uproar, with some even calling for the 27-year-old to be sacked by West Ham.
And Blachowicz, who lost his UFC championship to Glover Teixeira, has issued a threat to the former Chelsea centre-back.
“If you are such a tough mother****er, @KurtZouma, try to kick me,” the Polish MMA fighter tweeted.
“What a piece of sh*t. No tolerance for animal cruelty.”
If you are so tough mother****er, @KurtZouma, try to kick me.— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) February 8, 2022
What a piece of shit. No tolerance for animal cruelty.
West Ham "unreservedly condemned" Zouma's conduct and the player himself said he was "deeply sorry" for what he had done.
"I want to apologise for my actions," he said in a statement to Sky News.
"There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret.
"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, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again."
To the surprise of many, Zouma still started West Ham's 1-0 win over Watford at the London Stadium.
He was subjected to boos and chants from both sets of supporters, with Watford fans singing, "that's how your cat feels" after he went down with an injury.
Metropolitan Police have said they won’t investigate Zouma over the vile video, but Essex Police have confirmed they are liaising with the animal charity RSPCA and “urgent enquiries are ongoing.”
Zouma signed for West Ham from Chelsea in a £29.8 million deal in the summer and has made 15 appearances in all competitions.
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