Kurt Zouma and his brother to be prosecuted by RSPCA over cat kicking incident

Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act, with the RSPCA

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Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham’s Kurt Zouma, has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act.

Yoan Zouma was suspended by Dagenham in February after he filmed his brother Kurt slapping and kicking his own cat.

The National League club confirmed on Wednesday that Yoan Zouma had now been charged by the RSPCA over the incident.

The RSPCA also stated the they were bringing a prosecution against Kurt Zouma.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "Following a full and thorough investigation, we have started the process of bringing a prosecution against Kurt Zouma and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.

"The two cats continue to be cared for by the RSPCA. We will be in a position to release more information once a court date is confirmed.

“Dagenham & Redbridge FC note the decision of the RSPCA to charge Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act 2006,” the statement said.

Bolton Wanderers' Yoan Zouma applauds the fans
Bolton Wanderers' Yoan Zouma applauds the fans

“Whilst Yoan continues to fully co-operate with the RSPCA, as this matter has now progressed further, Dagenham & Redbridge FC feel it is no longer appropriate for either Yoan or the club to make any further statement.

“Dagenham & Redbridge FC maintain their position in that the club continues to condemn all animal cruelty.”

Dagenham did say that the defender would now be available to play for them after his period of suspension.

File photo dated 22-01-2022 of West Ham United's Kurt Zouma who has apologised after a disturbing video surfaced online of him kicking and slapping a cat, with his club publicly condemning the footage and vowing to deal with the matter. Issue date: Tuesday February 8, 2022.
File photo dated 22-01-2022 of West Ham United's Kurt Zouma who has apologised after a disturbing video surfaced online of him kicking and slapping a cat, with his club publicly condemning the footage and vowing to deal with the matter. Issue date: Tuesday February 8, 2022.

“Since the allegation, and whilst investigations were taking place, Dagenham & Redbridge FC took the decision that Yoan should not play football for the club,” the statement continued.

“Four weeks have now elapsed however since the incident, and the club feels that any further suspension from the team would be detrimental to both the club and Yoan. A decision has been made therefore for Yoan to be available to play.

“The club reserves the right to take further action if deemed necessary after conclusion of the court proceedings.”

Kurt Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident, but has been on the receiving end of booing, including from Hammers fans.

West Ham boss David Moyes said he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was “terrible”.