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West Ham sponsor cancels partnership after Kurt Zouma cat attack

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Zouma has not been suspended
Zouma has not been suspended / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

West Ham have lost the support of one of their sponsors after a video emerged of Hammers defender Kurt Zouma kicking and slapping his cat.

Experience Kissimmee, the tourist board for the Florida city, extended their deal as the club's 'Official Destination Partner' by three years in summer 2019. However, they have now severed ties with the club due to the Zouma situation.

"Due to recent events, Experience Kissimmee has made the decision to part ways with WHUFC and end our sponsorship of team," a statement read.

"As an organisation and community, we welcome visitors and locals alike to join us in celebrating wildlife and nature, now and always. We are proud to work with partners who are accredited, certified and regulated to the highest standards of animal care."

West Ham manager David Moyes was widely criticised for starting Zouma during the Hammers' 1-0 victory over Watford on Tuesday night, a game which took place just a few hours after the horrifying footage emerged.

The defender has since been fined two weeks wages with adidas also pulling out as his boot supplier on Wednesday. His pet cats have also been seized by the RSPCA.

Despite these sanctions, Zouma seems unlikely to be handed a formal suspension at this stage, so he should be available at the weekend when West Ham travel to Leicester City.

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