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Kurt Zouma to be prosecuted with Yoan Zouma by RSPCA over animal abuse video UK News

Kurt Zouma is to be prosecuted by the RSPCA alongside his brother after a video of the footballer injuring his cats emerged last month.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the charity confirmed Kurt and Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma had been charged.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Following a full and thorough investigation, we have begun the process of prosecuting Kurt Zouma and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.

Times Series: Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham's Kurt Zouma, has been charged under animal welfare law, his club has said.  Credit: PADagenham defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham’s Kurt Zouma, has been charged under animal welfare law, his club have announced. Credit: PA

“Both cats continue to be in the care of the RSPCA. We will be able to release more information once a court date is confirmed.

Kurt Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident but has been the victim of boos, 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 did was “terrible”.

The 27-year-old has also been terminated from his adidas sponsorship deal and he has also been fined £250,000 by West Ham following the news.

Meanwhile, Yoan Zouma was suspended by Dagenham in February after filming his brother Kurt slapping and kicking his own cat.

Dagenham has confirmed the defender will now be available to play for them once his suspension ends.

“Since the allegation, and while investigations were ongoing, Dagenham & Redbridge FC have made the decision that Yoan should not play football for the club,” the statement continued.

“Four weeks have now passed since the incident, and the club believes that any further suspension from the squad would be detrimental to both the club and Yoan. A decision has therefore been taken to make Yoan available to play.

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

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This notice was published: 2022-03-16 16:25:21

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