Kurt Zouma charged with animal welfare offences after cat kicking video outcry 

West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma has been charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act after allegedly harming his pet cat.

The charges relate to a video which surfaced back in February, appearing to show the 27-year-old kicking and slapping one of his pets.

Kurt’s brother Yoan has also been charged with the two now set to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for a first hearing.

Kurt, who West Ham signed from Chelsea in a deal worth £29.8million last summer, was fined a reported £250,000 by the Hammers, but remained in the first team following the incident.

 The French international was dropped by a number of his sponsors including Sportswear giants Adidas.

The West Ham defender has been regularly mocked by opposition supporters since the video was uploaded,

“Kurt continues to cooperate fully, supported by the Club. It is our understanding that Kurt’s cats have been checked by a vet, are in good health and have suffered no physical injuries.

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