Kurt Zouma’s brother charged with animal cruelty after viral video of animal abuse
Kurt Zouma’s brother, Yoan, has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act, his club has confirmed.
Yoan Zouma was suspended by Dagenham in February after he filmed his brother Kurt slapping and kicking his own cat.
The footage went viral on social media, with the public responding with outrage at the cruelty.
The National League club confirmed today that Yoan Zouma had now been charged by the RSPCA over the incident.
Their statement read: “Dagenham & Redbridge note the decision of the RSPCA to charge Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Yoan continues to co-operate with the RSPCA; 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.”
The club added that the defender would now be available to play for them after his suspension.
“Since the allegation, and whilst investigations were taking place, Dagenham &Redbridge FC took the decision that Yoan should not play football for the club,” the statement continued.
“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.”
No comment has been made on Kurt as his investigation is still apparently underway.
Kurt Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident but has been on the receiving end of booing and jeers from fans.
He apologised for his actions and the RSPCA removed his cats for their safety.
Zouma said: “I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.
“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
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