West Ham United midfielder Kurt Zouma has been charged by Animal Welfare organization RSPCA after a video of him kicking a cat was filmed by his brother Yoan.
West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been charged by the RSPCA with animal welfare after videos emerged of him kicking a cat.
The disturbing footage was filmed by Zouma’s brother Yoan last month, while the Hammers star was fined two weeks’ salary by his club, even though he was never taken off the pitch. Play as a punishment. Earlier on Thursday, Yoan – who now plays for Dagenham & Redbridge – was charged by the RSPCA.
Kurt has been dumped by some of his sponsors, including sports giant Adidas. The West Ham The defender has been regularly mocked by opposition supporters since the video was uploaded to Snapchat in February, with some fans bringing in inflatable cat toys to poke fun at the French fan.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA confirmed: “Following a thorough investigation, we have commenced the process of prosecuting Kurt and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act. The two cats continue to be in the care of the RSPCA. We will be in the care of the RSPCA. release more information after the court. is confirmed.”
Dagenham & Redbridge released a statement responding to Yoan’s allegations earlier in the day: “While Yoan continues to cooperate fully with the RSPCA, as this matter has now progressed further, Dagenham & Redbridge FC feels it does. is no longer appropriate for Yoan or the Club to make any further statements.
“Dagenham & Redbridge FC maintain their position that the Club continues to condemn all cruelty to animals.
“Since the allegation and while investigations are ongoing, Dagenham & Redbridge FC has made the decision that Yoan should not play for the Club. However, four weeks have passed since the incident. occurred and the Club felt that continued suspension would be detrimental to both the Club and Yoan.
“Therefore, a decision has been made to allow Yoan to play. The club reserves the right to take further action if it deems necessary after the conclusion of the Court proceedings.”
More than 80,000 people signed an online petition calling for Kurt to be prosecuted. The Change.Org petition was started by Anti Animal Abuse.
A statement alongside the petition read: “In the UK we have laws against animal cruelty, laws that must apply to everyone rich or poor, famous or not! We love request the Metropolitan Police and the RSPCA to conduct an urgent investigation and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous act.”
Yoan was initially put out of sight by his club, but Kurt continued to be picked amid controversy by manager David Moyes. The West Ham the boss caused further anger with his explanation.
Moyes later called for his player’s forgiveness, stating: “” A mistake was made and there were managers with the players who made the mistake. You want to feel forgiven and an apology has been made. “