Kurt Zouma arrived in court on Tuesday charged with three animal welfare offenses after a video emerged in February showing him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat.
The West Ham defender will appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court alongside his brother Yoan for an initial hearing.
Yoan Zouma is accused of filming the incident and is charged with two counts of aiding, abetting, counseling or instigating Kurt Zouma to commit an offence.
Kurt Zouma is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on February 6 this year by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it on the head.
The 27-year-old French international is also accused of failing to take reasonable steps to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
Two cats belonging to Zouma are still in the care of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
West Ham have fined their player in connection with the incident and donated to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas.