Kurt Zouma: West Ham defender to face court for allegedly harming cat

Kurt Zouma (left) and Yoan Zouma
Kurt Zouma plays for Premier League side West Ham while Yoan Zouma is at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma will appear in court after being accused of three offences under the Animal Welfare Act for allegedly harming his cat.

Zouma's brother Yoan, who plays for Dagenham and Redbridge, has been accused of two offences following an RSPCA investigation.

Yoan, 24, filmed 27-year-old Kurt allegedly kicking and slapping one of his pets.

They will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for a first hearing.

After the video appeared in February, the RSPCA removed two cats from Kurt's home and began liaising with Essex Police about the incident.

The RSPCA continues to care for the two cats.

Kurt is accused of two counts of causing "unnecessary suffering" to the cat by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it in the head.

He is also alleged to have failed to protect the cat from "pain suffering, injury or disease".

Yoan is accused of two counts of "aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring" Kurt to commit the offence of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat.

Kurt was fined a reported £250,000external-link and was dropped by a number of sponsors, but continued to play for West Ham.

Yoan has not played for Dagenham and Redbridge since 29 January.

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