On Thursday, Zouma’s brother, Yoan, was suspended by his English team, fifth-tier Dagenham and Redbridge, for filming the cat torture video. The RSPCA had contacted the defender to assist in their inquiry, and he was “completely collaborating” with them, according to the east London club.
It added: “The club has… decided that until the RSPCA has completed its investigations, Yoan will not play for Dagenham and Redbridge in any competitive match.” France international defender Zouma, who played against Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday, has been widely condemned after a video emerged of him dropping, kicking and slapping his pet.
Zouma, who has apologized, is being investigated by animal welfare charity RSPCA, and his two cats have been removed into their care. The 27-year-old has been fined “the maximum amount possible” by West Ham, which is thought to be around £250,000 ($340,000). As the public outrage grows in a country known for its love of animals, about 300,000 people have joined an online petition demanding that Zouma be prosecuted.Zouma got a taste of the depth of feeling as he was relentlessly booed by Watford supporters this week, with even West Ham fans joining in some of the jeering.
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