West Ham

Kurt Zouma dropped by adidas after cat attack

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Zouma has lost his boot sponsorship
Zouma has lost his boot sponsorship / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Kurt Zouma has been dropped as an adidas athlete after a video emerged of him abusing his cat.

The troubling footage surfaced on Monday but Zouma was not dropped for West Ham's Premier League meeting with Watford on Tuesday.

However, he has since been fined two weeks wages by the Hammers and his cat has been taken into possession by the RSPCA, while Zouma has now been further punished by one of his sponsors.

As reported by Ben Rumsby, adidas have withdrawn their support of the defender, revealing their decision in a statement on Wednesday.

"We have concluded our investigation and can confirm Kurt Zouma is no longer an adidas contracted athlete," it read.

Despite the widespread condemnation Zouma received, his manager David Moyes defended his decision to field him against Watford in midweek.

"I’m really disappointed, and the club have taken all the action they can do at the moment behind the scenes. My job is to pick the best team and Kurt was part of that," he claimed.

"I’m a big animal lover and it’s something that will have affected a lot of people.

"I was completely disappointed with what I saw and what I was told, but my job was to try and find a way to get a win for West Ham. Some people will be disappointed and I understand that.

"I’m someone who cares a lot about my dogs and my horses. The club are dealing with it as you well know.

"I’ve already spoken to him and we’ll move on as much as we can. We understand it’s not something everybody is pleased about. It’s a really poor situation."