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​Adidas cut ties with West Ham defender Zouma after cat attack

Adidas have cut ties with West Ham United stopper Kurt Zouma this week.

The Frenchman is under fire after a video was posted onto social media showing him physically abusing his pet cat.

The footage, which was reportedly posted online by Zouma's brother, shows him flinging the cat across a room and kicking it at one point.

Zouma has received a fine of £250,000 from West Ham, but started their 1-0 win over Watford on Tuesday.

A statement from Adidas stated regarding the player's boot deal: "We have concluded our investigation and can confirm Kurt Zouma is no longer an adidas contracted athlete."

Wellness partner Vitality cut their sponsorship arrangement with West Ham after the incident.

A statement read: "We were very distressed by the video we have seen of Kurt Zouma. At Vitality, we condemn animal cruelty and violence of any kind.

"We are hugely disappointed by the judgement subsequently shown by the club in response to this incident.

"As such, we are suspending our sponsorship of West Ham United with immediate effect. We will now be further engaging with the club to understand what actions they will be taking to address the situation."

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