Dagenham Defender Yoan Zouma, the brother of West Ham’s Kurt Zouma, has been charged under animal welfare law, his club have announced.
Yoan Zouma was suspended by Dagenham in February after filming his brother Kurt slapping and kicking his own cat.
“Dagenham & Redbridge The FC notes the RSPCA’s decision to charge Yoan Zouma under the Animal Welfare Act 2006,” the statement read.
“While Yoan continues to co-operate fully with the RSPCA, as this matter has now progressed, Dagenham & Redbridge FC believe it is no longer appropriate for either Yoan or the club to make any further statements.
“Dagenham & Redbridge FC maintain their position in that the club continues to condemn all cruelty to animals.”
Dagenham said the defender will now be available to play for them after his period of suspension.
“Since the allegation, and while investigations were ongoing, Dagenham & Redbridge FC have made the decision that Yoan should not play football for the club,” the statement continued.
“Four weeks have now passed since the incident, and the club believes that any further suspension from the squad would be detrimental to both the club and Yoan. A decision has therefore been taken to make Yoan available to play.
“The club reserves the right to take further action if deemed necessary after the conclusion of the legal proceedings.”
Kurt Zouma has continued to play for West Ham since the incident but has been the victim of boos, including from Hammers fans.
West Ham boss Moyes David said he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player did was “terrible”.