The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have started the process of bringing a prosecution against West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.
A video obtained by The Sun last month showed Zouma, 27, dropping the cat from chest-height, and kicking it as it lands. He then chased it around the living room, at one point throwing a pair of shoes at the cat, before slapping it in the face.
Zouma’s brother Yoan, who has also been named as part of a statement by the RSPCA, uploaded the footage to Snapchat.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Following a full and thorough investigation, we have started the process of bringing a prosecution against Kurt Zouma and Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act.
“The two cats continue to be cared for by the RSPCA. We will be in a position to release more information once a court date is confirmed.”
West Ham responded in a statement: “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.
“It is our understanding that Kurt’s cats have been checked by a vet, are in good health and have suffered no physical injuries. For legal reasons, neither Kurt or the club will be making any further comment at this time.”