Kurt Zouma: West Ham star charged with three offences after ‘kicking and slapping his pet cat’
West Ham star Kurt Zouma is CHARGED with three offenses under the Animal Welfare Act after “kicking and slapping his cat” as his brother is charged with two offenses for filming him.
- West Ham defender, 27, in the dock at Thames Magistrates Court tomorrow
- Zouma charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one count of dereliction of animal welfare duty.
- His younger brother Yoan, 23, will be by his side to film Snapchat video.
- Dagenham player Yoan charged with ‘aiding and abetting’ animal cruelty
Kurt Zouma was charged today with three offenses under the Animal Welfare Act after allegedly kicking and slapping his cat.
The 27-year-old West Ham defender will be in the dock at Thames Magistrates Court tomorrow over the Snapchat video of him kicking the feline in his kitchen.
He is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one count of breach of duty of animal welfare.
His brother Yoan, who plays for Dagenham and Redbridge in the National League, will also appear in court and his older, more successful brother has been charged with two counts of “aiding and abetting” animal cruelty.
The 23-year-old filmed the attacks and the footballer brothers are expected to give their statements tomorrow at 10 am.
The RSPCA is prosecuting Kurt Zouma (right) and his younger brother Yoan (left) over video that appeared to show the West Ham star kicking his cat
West Ham fined their player two weeks’ wages worth £250,000, although the club’s response was criticized as weak when they allowed him to continue playing.
Since then, the Frenchman has been booed by opposing fans during games and subjected to derisive chants.
As well as being fined by his club, his behavior cost him lucrative personal sponsorships, including a deal with adidas believed to be worth £100,000 a year.
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”.
Depending on the evidence produced by the investigation, Zouma’s accusation could force West Ham to discipline the player further, having already fined him two weeks’ wages.
David Moyes has continued to cast Zouma despite admitting his actions were ‘terrible’
The Hammers released a statement shortly after his charge was confirmed, saying: ‘West Ham United are aware of the RSPCA’s statement in relation to their investigation involving Kurt Zouma. Kurt continues to cooperate fully, with the support of the Club.
“It is our understanding that Kurt’s cats have been checked out by a veterinarian, are in good health and have not sustained any physical injuries. For legal reasons, neither Kurt nor the Club will comment further at this time.
Adidas also terminated its contract with Zouma following the appearance of the images.