Kurt Zouma and brother Yoan in court TOMORROW charged over sickening cat-kicking footage

WEST Ham star Kurt Zouma will appear in court tomorrow alongside his brother over sick footage of him allegedly kicking a cat.

The defender, 27, has faced a public outcry after the clip was revealed by The Sun in February.

He will now appear in court after being prosecuted by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act.

Zouma is set to make an appearance at Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow alongside brother Yoan.

He is charged with three counts under the act, while Yoan, who wastemporarily suspended by Dagenham & Redbridge, faces two offences.

The Sun revealed footage of the West Ham ace kicking and slapping his Bengal cat in his £2million London mansion.

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He continued to play for West Ham but was booed by away fans and his own supporters.

Gaffer David Moyes said at the time he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was "terrible".

And he defended the player in the wake of the animal cruelty storm.

The manager also revealed the defender is "hoping he is forgiven" after the horrific footage emerged.

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Moyes added: "We accept his actions were diabolical, but we have chosen to play him and stand by it.

"It is a terrible incident. We all totally agree. Nobody in this club doesn’t agree with that.

"But with sponsorship being taken away, that’s something the club will deal with, not me.

"We are going to get absolute hell. He's getting hell.

"We are so disappointed. It's out of character – we have never seen this from Kurt. He is a really good lad. Really surprised by it.

"He is getting help and we are trying to do as much as we can to help him."

Zouma was fined £250,000 – two weeks' wages – for the attack and issued a grovelling apology insisting his cats were both "perfectly fine and healthy".

Both his cats were seized by the RSPCA and Zouma was dropped by sponsors Adidas and Vitality UK.

Ironically, the footballer is an ambassador for a charity which protects abused big cats.

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West Ham said in a statement after he was charged: “West Ham United is aware of the RSPCA statement in relation to its investigation involving Kurt Zouma.

"Kurt continues to co-operate fully, supported by the Club."


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