West Ham star Kurt Zouma, 27, arrives at court where he could be JAILED today for animal cruelty.

Disgraced Premier League footballer Kurt Zouma has arrived in court to be sentenced for kicking and slapping his cat in a disturbing home video posted on Snapchat.

The £125,000-a-week defender, 27, looked embarrassed as he entered Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London this morning to face his punishment.

West Ham defender Zouma was ridiculed after footage emerged of him throwing the mascot across the kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and hitting it on the head, saying: “I swear I’ll kill it.”

The Snapchat clip, from February this year, showed animal lovers and football fans laughing and disgusted.

Zouma, a father of four, pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court in east London last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat, after blaming the family pet for damaging a chair.

Her two male Bengal cats, which can cost up to £1,500 each, have since been handed over for relocation by the RSPCA.

Zouma to be sentenced for kicking his cat after being prosecuted by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act

Zouma to be sentenced for kicking his cat after being prosecuted by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma arrives at Thames Magistrates Court, London today, where he will be sentenced for kicking his cat.

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma arrives at Thames Magistrates Court, London today, where he will be sentenced for kicking his cat.

Kurt Zouma was forced to apologize after a video of him kicking his cat went viral in February.

Kurt Zouma was forced to apologize after a video of him kicking his cat went viral in February.

Kurt Zouma was forced to apologize after a video of him kicking his cat went viral in February.

Animal cruelty cases can carry a maximum sentence of five years after the guidelines increased punishments.

But a prison sentence is believed unlikely, given his and his brothers’ guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity.

The court heard that the “premeditated” attack was filmed by his younger brother, 24-year-old lower league footballer Yoan Zouma, who sent it to a woman he was on a date with.

But the woman was so shocked that she canceled the meeting, saying, “I don’t think hitting a cat like that is okay, don’t bother coming today.”

Kurt Zouma at Thames Magistrates Court last week, where he admitted to both offences.

Kurt Zouma at Thames Magistrates Court last week, where he admitted to both offences.

Yoan Zouma to appear at Thames Magistrates Court over allegations that his brother Kurt Zouma kicked a cat

Yoan Zouma to appear at Thames Magistrates Court over allegations that his brother Kurt Zouma kicked a cat

Yoan Zouma to appear in court over claims he filmed a cat being kicked by his brother Kurt Zouma

The judge agreed to ban the Zouma management report after the abuse

Footballer Kurt Zouma’s address is being withheld from the public domain after a judge learned of the ‘grotesque’ abuse he has received since a video of him kicking his cat went viral.

West Ham defender Zouma’s Trevor Burke QC said his client received abuse that was “the worst” the players’ union had seen.

He said police were seeking to prosecute those responsible, but said the force of the abuse raised concerns about Zouma’s safety, even though strict security measures had already been put in place at his home.

The content of the messages was not read out at Thames Magistrates Court in east London, although a redacted copy was shown to District Judge Susan Holdham.

She imposed an order under Section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act, prohibiting publication of the Zoumas’ addresses, in whole or in part.

She said: ‘I can see a number of messages: vile racial abuse.

‘There are death threats. They refer to him and his children. The bar (in media reports) is high, but I think it has been reached.

“I fully understand the need for open justice and for the press to report freely, but in these circumstances I am prepared for the leadership of both defendants to be withheld.”

‘I don’t want to associate with people who find that funny, in front of a child too.

‘You should be careful with those things, especially with your family being who they are.’

Footage showed Kurt Zouma filming the cat sitting on a chair and approaching in a slipper before running towards the cat.

While carrying the cat at waist height, Zouma “drops the cat, kicks it in the stomach with his left foot and another cat can be seen running away,” RSPCA prosecutor Hazel Stevens said.

Kurt could be heard laughing in the background as Yoan posted the video with laughing emojis.

Kurt was heard saying ‘I’ll hit him’, ‘you want a fight’ and ‘where is he’. Where is the? ‘ and ‘I will kill him, I swear, I will kill him.’

The prosecutor added: ‘The cat was taken to the kitchen where it was then kicked. The chase and launch begins.

‘He already has the idea that he will do more damage to the cat.’

Yoan admitted to one count of aiding, abetting, advising or procuring his older brother to commit a crime.

The couple were released on bail before their sentencing.

The court heard that Hammers defender Zouma had been subjected to racist abuse and threats, lost a “substantial” sponsorship deal with Adidas, was fined £250,000 and had no longer been picked for the France national team since that the rage for the images arose.

But claims by his legal team in court that seven people will be prosecuted for abusing Zouma were later dismissed by police.

In a statement, RSPCA Chief Inspector Dermot Murphy said: “We hope this case will serve as a reminder that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness, compassion and respect, and that we will not tolerate cruelty from anyone.”

Kurt Zouma’s cats are now happy and healthy as the RSPCA prepares to relocate them after the West Ham star pleaded guilty to animal cruelty over a video of cat kicking.

Kurt Zouma’s cats have been photographed happy and healthy as the RSPCA prepares to relocate them after the disgraced footballer admitted to animal cruelty charges.

Newly released footage shows her former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes as the animal rights charity begins the process of transferring them to new owners.

In the 20-second clip, the adorable cat meows softly and can be seen playing with toys on the run, just months after a heartbreaking Snapchat video showed the moment the French footballer kicked him savagely.

Pictured: Zouma's two Bengal cats will be relocated by the RSPCA later this year.

Pictured: Zouma's two Bengal cats will be relocated by the RSPCA later this year.

Pictured: Zouma’s two Bengal cats will be relocated by the RSPCA later this year.

The Premier League star has admitted to kicking and slapping his cat in a viral video that sparked a series of similar animal cruelty attacks, the court heard.

The shocking incident came to light after a woman who was on a date with Kurt’s brother Yoan saw the pictures on his Snapchat, prompting her to raise the alarm and cancel their date.

The woman, who was not named, told Yoan Zouma that she “didn’t want to be associated” with anyone who found her brother’s actions funny.

Newly released footage shows her former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes as the animal rights charity begins the process of transferring them to new owners.

Newly released footage shows her former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes as the animal rights charity begins the process of transferring them to new owners.

The West Ham United defender pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Welfare Act when he appeared at Thames Magistrates Court in east London.

Zouma, 27, was forced to apologize after heartbreaking footage was filmed and shared by his younger brother Yoan, 24, who also admitted offense during the hearing.

Prosecutors also told the court the footage sparked a series of copycat attacks that were filmed and shared online, sparking outrage from activists.

The court was told about disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma’s home and posted on Snapchat by his brother on February 6.

He was later seen by a woman who had been messaging Yoan, who raised the alarm.

Zouma could be seen throwing the Bengal cat across his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and hitting it on the head.

Prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court that Kurt Zouma could be heard saying, “I swear I’ll kill him, I swear I’ll kill him.”

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