West Ham defender Kurt Zouma will appear in court next month after being prosecuted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), for slapping and kicking his pet cats.
Zouma and his brother Yoan, who plays for National League club Dagenham & Redbridge, are being prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.
The huge Frenchman was filmed by his brother slapping and kicking his own cats in a video that was widely shared on social media. The 27-year-old’s pets were taken away and remain in care.
The court date which is May 24, is just six days after this season’s Europa League final.
West Ham will face German side Eintracht Frankfurt without their experienced defender in the semi-final, with the first leg taking place at the London Stadium on Thursday.