West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been given community service after he was recorded kicking his cat, which he will have to do in public.
Yoan, Zouma’s 24-year-old brother, was also reprimanded for the incident.
While the duo hoped to get away with not having to do community service in public, they may not have got off so easily.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people willing to do community service have been able to do unpaid work from home. However, Zouma and his brother were not so lucky.
Not only are the two men willing to do their community service in public, but their duties could include fighting graffiti, maintaining the grounds, shoveling and picking up litter.
Zouma will then swap his West Ham shirt for a bright yellow high-visibility vest.
A whistleblower told The Sun: “It should be a big red flag for anyone in the public eye that if you do bad things you will be treated like everyone else.
“If he ends up cleaning up the channels, he has only himself to blame. Celebrities always seem to be treated better when they hurt.
“This time it won’t happen and I’m really happy.”
Zouma must complete a total of 180 hours of community service in public for abusing his cat.
The Department of Justice noted that it has “increased the time offenders spend in difficult, visible, unpaid work each year by three million additional hours.”
West Ham also fined Zouma two weeks’ wages worth £250,000 ($339,000). The payment was donated to nine different animal welfare charities.
The footballer has apologized for his actions, telling Sky News there is “no excuse for [his] behaviour’.
He continued: “I also want to say how sorry I am to everyone 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 behavior was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
Despite his apologies, Zouma continued to face heavy criticism from football fans and other members of the public.
However, West Ham manager David Moyes has insisted the footballer be pardoned.
After West Ham’s draw with Leicester, Moyes said: “Obviously one player made a mistake, but there are a lot of managers and players who made mistakes.
“Somewhere along the line you always hope there is some forgiveness and that people are willing to accept that they are making a mistake in the apology and hopefully there will be.
“We all make mistakes and we should be ready to give a second chance because there’s reform in that too.”
Amid his 180 hours of community service, Zouma is still training and is expected to continue playing for his team.