Kurt Zouma is to be prosecuted by the RSPCA alongside his brother after a video emerged of the footballer hurting his cats last month.

The RSPCA said last month it had taken the West Ham United defender's cats into care.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the charity confirmed that both Kurt and Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma had been charged.

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.

Rhyl Journal: Dagenham defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham's Kurt Zouma, has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act, his club have said. Credit: PADagenham defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham's Kurt Zouma, has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act, his club have said. Credit: PA

“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.”

Kurt Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident, but has been on the receiving end of booing, including from Hammers fans.

West Ham boss David Moyes said he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was “terrible”.

The 27-year-old athlete was also terminated from his adidas sponsorship contract and he was also been fined £250,000 by West Ham following the news.

Meanwhile, Yoan Zouma was suspended by Dagenham in February after he filmed his brother Kurt slapping and kicking his own cat.

Dagenham has confirmed that the defender would now be available to play for them once his suspension was over.

“Since the allegation, and whilst investigations were taking place, Dagenham & Redbridge FC took the decision that Yoan should not play football for the club,” the statement continued.

“Four weeks have now elapsed however since the incident, and the club feels that any further suspension from the team would be detrimental to both the club and Yoan. A decision has been made therefore for Yoan to be available to play.

“The club reserves the right to take further action if deemed necessary after conclusion of the court proceedings.”