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cat abuse West Ham's Kurt Zouma could be charged by RSPCA within days as players expected to ask for pay rise

Zouma's brother, Yoan, who filmed the video and plays for Dagenham and Redbridge, has been suspended by his club


West Ham defender Kurt Zouma

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma could reportedly be charged by the RSPCA ‘within days’ following the emergence of a video, which showed him kicking and slapping his cat.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the RSPCA had taken his cats into care and were continuing to investigate the incident.

“Two cats are in our care, have been seen by a vet and are being well looked after,” said an RSPCA spokesman. “They will remain in our care while the investigation continues.”

Now it is being reported that Zouma could be charged within the next few days as the RSPCA’s investigation is moving at an "incredible pace".

Zouma has already been questioned by officers from the charitable organisation. Other witnesses have also been questioned.

A source told The Sun: “The RSPCA has been working at an incredible pace — even before video of Zouma’s cat abuse went viral. There is big pressure for them to be taking decisive action after police handed them the lead on the investigation.

“If they deem it severe enough, Zouma could be charged as quickly as next week. There’s a lot of public anger over what happened, and quite rightly, but the investigation needs to be done to the book.”

Zouma’s brother Yoan, who plays for Dagenham & Redbridge, was responsible for filming the disturbing video. He has been suspended by his club.

West Ham responded to the video by fining Zouma £250,000, two weeks' wages - a sum which will go to animal welfare charities. He has subsequently also been dropped by sponsor Adidas.

However, the club received a backlash after Zouma was selected to start their game against Watford on Tuesday night.

The club also faces difficult questions from their players about the club’s strict pay structure after Zouma’s fine effectively confirmed his position as the club’s top earner.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that there is dissatisfaction among a clutch of players that Zouma earns significantly more than they do, with some ready to address the issue with the club.

Michail Antonio, who recently signed a new deal, and Andriy Yarmolenko both earn in the region of £100,000-per-week inclusive of bonuses.

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However, players deemed just as important as Zouma, including Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals and Vladimir Coufal, earn significantly less.

Behind the scenes, however, West Ham players believe the fierce clamour for Zouma to face huge punishment and the severity that some are calling for is out of proportion.

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