Kurt Zouma charged by RSPCA after West Ham star was caught on video kicking cat

Kurt Zouma charged by RSPCA after West Ham star was caught on video kicking cat

KURT Zouma has been charged by the RSPCA after he was filmed kicking his cat like a football across the kitchen floor.

The West Ham defender, 27, has faced a public outcry after the clip was revealed by The Sun last month.


The RSPCA announced today Zouma has been charged and will appear in court on a date to be set.

His brother Yoan Zouma, 23, who is alleged to have filmed the clip, has also been charged.

The RSPCA said: "Following a full and thorough investigation, we have started the process of bringing a prosecution against Kurt Zouma and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.

"The two cats continue to be cared for by the RSPCA. We will be in a position to release more information once a court date is confirmed."

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The Sun revealed footage of the Hammers ace kicking and slapping his Bengal cat in his £2million London mansion.

Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident but has been booed by away fans and his own supporters.

Gaffer David Moyes said at the time he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was "terrible".

And he defended the player in the wake of the animal cruelty storm.

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He branded Zouma a "really good lad" and claimed the Premier League club is getting "absolute hell".

The manager also revealed the defender is "hoping he is forgiven" after the horrific footage emerged.

Moyes added: "We accept his actions were diabolical, but we have chosen to play him and stand by it.

"It is a terrible incident. We all totally agree. Nobody in this club doesn’t agree with that.

"But with sponsorship being taken away, that’s something the club will deal with, not me.

"We are going to get absolute hell. He's getting hell.

"We are so disappointed. It's out of character – we have never seen this from Kurt. He is a really good lad. Really surprised by it.

"He is getting help and we are trying to do as much as we can to help him."

Zouma was fined £250,000 – two weeks' wages – for the attack and issued a grovelling apology insisting his cats were both "perfectly fine and healthy".

Both his cats were seized by the RSPCA and Zouma was dropped by sponsors Adidas and Vitality UK.

Ironically, the footballer is an ambassador for a charity which protects abused big cats.

Brother Yoan – a centre back at Dagenham and Redbridge – is said to have filmed the incident.

His club said today: "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.

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"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."


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