Kurt Zouma summoned to appear before court over alleged abuse of pet cat

West Ham United's Kurt Zouma
West Ham United's Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma has been summoned to appear before court in relation to a video which emerged in February of him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat

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The West Ham defender will appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday alongside his brother Yoan for a first hearing.

The pair are being prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.

Yoan Zouma is alleged to have filmed the incident and is accused of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Kurt Zouma to commit an offence.

Kurt Zouma is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on February 6 this year by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it in the head.

The 27-year-old France international is also accused of not taking reasonable steps to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease.

Two cats belonging to Zouma are still under the care of the the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

West Ham fined their player in relation to the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas.