Kurt Zouma’s younger brother Yoan, has been charged by the RSPCA over last month’s cat-kicking video.
In a video that was recorded by Yoan and shared online, the two brothers are seen kicking the animals, an act that caused a major uproar.
A statement on Wednesday afternoon from National League side Dagenham and Redbridge, where Yoan plays, confirmed the animal association had charged the defender.
“Dagenham and Redbridge FC note the decision of the RSPCA to charge Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act 2006,” read an official club statement on their website.
“Whilst Yoan continues to fully co-operate with the RSPCA, as this matter has now progressed further, Dagenham and Redbridge FC feel it is no longer appropriate for either Yoan or the club to make any further statement.
“Dagenham and 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 and Redbridge FC took the decision that Yoan should not play football for the Club,”
The club further revealed there will be no further punishment for the Frenchman.
“Four weeks have now elapsed 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.”
Despite the outcry, Zouma was never suspended by West Ham, and only fined two weeks’ wages.