West Ham defender Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping a cat

The Hammers centre-back and his brother were present at Thames Magistrates’ Court to enter their pleas on Tuesday

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty to kicking and slapping a cat after being charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

The Hammers man and his brother Yoan are facing a combined five charges following an RSPCA investigation into the incident that took place in February.

The pair arrived at Thames Magistrates Court on Tuesday for their first hearing.

What has Zouma been charged with?

The elder Zouma has pleaded guilty to two charges of causing "unnecessary suffering" to a cat.

He has additionally been charged with a breach of animal welfare duty.

Yoan admitted one count of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring his brother to commit an offence.

What has happened since the incident?

The fallout of the incident saw both cats removed from Zouma's home and varying sanctions levelled at him and his brother.

Several sponsors cut ties with Zouma and West Ham, though the club stood by their player and he continued to regularly feature for David Moyes's side, including on their Europa League semi-final run.

Yoan, meanwhile, has not played for Dagenham and Redbridge since January 29, having been suspended following the subsequent incident.

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