Kurt Zouma is set to face prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act for attacking his cat, the RSPCA have confirmed.
The Hammers defender was filmed kicking and slapping his pet Bengal in a video posted on social media last month and was fined £250,000 - two week’s wages - by the club, who condemned his actions but allowed the former Chelsea man to continue playing.
The RSPCA investigated the incident and have confirmed that they have "started the process of bringing a prosecution", meaning that the 26-year-old is likely to appear in court.
Zouma was also dropped by sponsors adidas and had to hand his two pet cats over to the RSPCA.
Zouma’s brother, Yoan, was thought to have filmed the incident and was suspended by his club, Dagenham & Redbridge. Yoan has also been charged but the Daggers have now lifted that suspension.