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Kurt Zouma has been charged by the RSPCA for his horrific cat slap video that circulated the internet last month.
The West Ham star, 27, was filmed kicking and abusing his feline pet by brother Yoan, 23, who has also been charged under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Zouma had previously been fined two weeks' wages by the Premier League side with the £250k being donated to various animal welfare charities.
An RSPCA statement read: “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.”
Kurt Zouma had said: “I want to apologise for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret.
“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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While a Dagenham statement read: "Dagenham & Redbridge FC note the decision of the RSPCA to charge Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. 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."
- West Ham FC
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