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West Ham’s Kurt Zouma charged over ‘abuse of pet cat’

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has apologised after a disturbing video surfaced online of him kicking and slapping a cat, with the Premier League club publicly condemning the footage and vowing to deal with the matter.

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been charged with three offences after video emerged in February of him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat.

The France international will appear in a London court on Tuesday alongside his brother Yoan for a first hearing.

Yoan Zouma is alleged to have filmed the incident and is charged with two counts of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Kurt Zouma to commit an offence.

Kurt Zouma is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on Feb. 6 this year by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it in the head.

The 27-year-old is also charged with not taking reasonable steps to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease.

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Two cats belonging to Zouma are still under the care of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

West Ham fined their player in relation to the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in Britain and overseas.

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