Dagenham & Redbridge has suspended Kurt Zouma’s brother Yoan for his part in shooting a horrifying video of his brother kicking a cat.
Kurt, a West Ham defender, was caught on camera kicking and abusing his pet kittens
In a statement, the club said: “Dagenham & Redbridge FC would again like to reiterate that it condemns any form of cruelty towards animals and fully understands the reaction of many of its supporters.
“The Club has therefore decided that until the RSPCA has completed its investigations, Yoan will not play for Dagenham & Redbridge in any competitive match.”
They added that “any further action deemed necessary to be taken will be made at the conclusion of the RSPCA investigation”.
Both cats have been placed in the custody of the RSPCA, and West Ham has fined Kurt Zouma £250,000, which is the equivalent of two weeks’ earnings and is said to be the “largest sum possible.”
“”Our priority is and has always been the well-being of these cats,” the RSPCA stated
“They’ve been taken for a check-up at a vets and then will remain in our care while the investigation continues.
“We’re grateful to everyone who expressed their concern for these cats. We were dealing with this issue before the video went viral online and are leading the investigation.”
The RSPCA is currently conducting an investigation with Essex Police, which Zouma is assisting.
He made a statement shortly after the video surfaced, stating there were “no excuses” for his actions and that he was “truly sorry” if the film had offended anyone.
Becky Thwaites, the head of public affairs at national pet charity Blue Cross, said she completely supports a criminal investigation.
Almost 290,000 individuals have signed a Change.org petition demanding that Zouma be charged with a crime.