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Dan Burke·16 March 2022

West Ham's Kurt Zouma charged by the RSPCA

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West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma and his brother Yoan are facing criminal prosecution after they were filmed abusing a cat last month.

The RSPCA released a statement on Wednesday confirming that proceedings are under way, and the brothers could be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.

“Following a thorough investigation, we have started process of bringing a prosecution against Kurt and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act,” read the RSPCA’s statement.

“The two cats continue to be cared for by RSPCA. We will release more info once a court date is confirmed.”

Kurt Zouma didn’t face any charges from the Football Association nor did he miss any matches for West Ham following the incident, although Hammers boss David Moyes did condemn the player’s behaviour as “terrible”.

Yoan Zouma plays for National League side Dagenham & Redbridge, and was suspended for four weeks by the club.

A statement released by Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday read: “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.

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

“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.”