RSPCA refute Moyes’ claims that Zouma set for animal welfare course

Dan Butterfield
West Ham defender Kurt Zouma

The RSPCA have denied claims from West Ham boss David Moyes that they are going to provide Kurt Zouma with classes on animal welfare.

Zouma was filmed kicking and slapping his pet cat earlier this week and has been fine two weeks wages by the club, the maximum fine that the club can give to a player.

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It is understood that the fine will be donated to animal welfare charities.

Dagenham and Redbridge’s Yoan Zouma, Kurt’s brother, has been suspended by the club after it was understood that he was the person who recorded the video.

Moyes and West Ham received criticism of their own after they took the decision to play Zouma just hours after the video came to light, something that the Hammers boss stands by.

Moyes spoke to the media on Friday and revealed that the defender would continued to be selected before claiming that the RSPCA would provide an animal welfare course for the French international.

“I don’t think the club could take more action or any quicker. West Ham have fined him the maximum wages. We all accept the actions are terrible and diabolical,” Moyes said.

“We are so disappointed it is completely out of character from Kurt. He is a really good lad we are going to get him some help and trying to give him as much help as we can.

“Like drink-driving offences, most people have to go to classes and the RSPCA are going to provide him with classes.

“We will do everything we can to make sure Kurt is looking into it, and getting better, and understanding it.”

However, as reported by Simon Stone of the BBC, the RSPCA have refuted the claims that they are set to educate the player, also denying that they have received a donation.

Stone then added that what Moyes said is the ‘intention’ of West Ham and that they will act further once the investigation has come to a conclusion.