Kurt Zouma's younger brother banned from playing for his club for role in controversial cat video

Kurt Zouma's younger brother banned from playing for his club for role in controversial cat video

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • The brother of star Kurt Zouma has been suspended by his club for his role in a viral video involving the West Ham star
  • Dagenham & Redbridge recently released a statement confirming they had suspended Zouma’s younger brother Yoan as investigations on the video raged on
  • Since the video, there has been an outrage on social media and Zouma has seen a number of sponsors including Addidas sever ties with him

Kurt Zouma’s brother Yoan has been suspended by his club Dagenham & Redbridge after the viral disturbing video of the West Ham star kicking his pet cat.

Zouma has been a trending topic for more than 72 hours after the horrific cat video went viral on social media, triggering a series of events.

It was Zouma’s brother Yoan who filmed the incident which he now says he 'unreservedly’ apologises for.

Kurt Zouma's younger brother
Kurt Zouma's younger brother Yoan has been suspended by his club. Photo: Kurt Zouma.
Source: Instagram

But the damage seems to already have been done as Zouma’s cats have since been taken up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) as investigations go on.Dagenham & Redbridge have since released a statement confirming they had suspended Yoan, a centre back just like his brother, until investigations were completed.

"The Club would like to give a further update on its player, Yoan Zouma.,” the statement said.
"Yoan was this week contacted by the RSPCA to assist in their investigation and is fully cooperating with them.
"However, 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.

Zouma’s punishment

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma is facing his own repercussions after the video, as West Ham fined him £250,000 for his role in the disturbing video.

In addition, the Frenchman has lost endorsement deals, including the partnership with apparel giants Addidas.

There is also a strong push by animal lovers and activists to have Zouma prosecuted for his actions.

Four years in prison

As Sports Brief reported, if found under the new animal protection law in his native France, Zouma could be sent to jail to spend, at least, four years.

A complaint has been filed against the 27-year-old in Paris where fans are angry with the clip showing him attacking his pet at his Essex home.

Lawyers are now working with Million Friends Foundation (La Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis ), the largest animal rights group in France, contacting prosecutors.

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