West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma alongside his brother Yoan have both been hit with a combined five-count charge and are due in court later this week.
The 27 year-old Frenchman has been charged with three offences including two counts of causing “unnecessary suffering”. He has additionally been charged with a breach of animal welfare duty under the Animal Welfare Act, following an incident where he appeared to kick and slap his cat last February.
His sibling Yoan on the other hand, faces two charges of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring his brother to commit the offence of inflicting unnecessary suffering on the cat.
The Hammers man and his brother Yoan are facing a combined five charges following an RSPCA investigation into the matter. The pair are due at Thames Magistrates Court this week for a first hearing.
The fallout of the incident saw both cats removed from Zouma’s home and varying sanctions levelled at him and his brother. Also, several sponsors cut ties with Zouma and West Ham, though the club stood by their player and he continued to regularly feature for David Moyes’ side, including on their Europa League semi-final run.
Meanwhile, Yoan has not played for Dagenham and Redbridge since January 29th, having been suspended following the subsequent incident.