West Ham star Kurt Zouma has admitted kicking his cat like a football across the kitchen floor in a sick video.
The defender, 27, sparked a public outcry after the shocking clip was revealed by The Sun in February.
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He was flanked by security – believed to have been hired by West Ham – as he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court today.
Zouma admitted two charges under the Animal Welfare Act, while a third was left to lie on the file by prosecutors.
His brother Yoan, who appeared in the dock alongside him, pleaded guilty to one charge under the Act after filming the vile clip.
Both men looked anxiously at the ground as footage was shown of the West Ham ace kicking and slapping his Bengal cat in his £2 million ($A3.5m) mansion.
The French international then chased the animal around his dining room in front of a child as the cameraman laughed.
Zouma also hurled a pair of designer shoes at the pet, which could be seen frantically trying to escape.
In a final clip, he is seen forcefully slapping the cat in the face — and out of the child’s arms.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court Zouma could be heard saying: “I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.”
He continued to play for West Ham but was booed by away fans and his own supporters.
Gaffer David Moyes said at the time he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was “terrible”.
And he defended the player in the wake of the animal cruelty storm.
The manager also revealed the defender is “hoping he is forgiven” after the footage emerged.
Zouma was fined £250,000 ($A442k) – two weeks’ wages – for the attack and issued a grovelling apology insisting his cats were both “perfectly fine and healthy”.
Both his cats were seized by the RSPCA and Zouma was dropped by sponsors Adidas and Vitality UK.
West Ham said in a statement after he was charged: “West Ham United is aware of the RSPCA statement in relation to its investigation involving Kurt Zouma.
“Kurt continues to co-operate fully, supported by the Club.”Ironically, the footballer was listed an ambassador for a charity which protects abused big cats.
This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.