By Drew Farmer
Controversial Paris Saint-Germain player and Ivory Coast international, Serge Aurier, has been sentenced to a two month jail term in the French capital.
Aurier was sentenced on September 26, for his part in an incident outside a Parisian nightclub. The PSG right-back elbowed a Paris police officer during an altercation near his car.
The police officer had stopped Aurier as the PSG player was getting into his automobile after leaving the nightclub. The officer had asked Aurier to take a breathalyser test. In the end, Aurier elbowed the officer in the throat, refusing to be tested.
Aurier described the police officer’s actions as “unnecessarily rough”. However, witnesses said Aurier was “belligerent” and uncontrollable during the ordeal.
Despite the conviction and two month jail sentence, Aurier is not expected to spend time behind bars. The right-back will most likely pay a larger fine than the €600 originally issued and complete community service.
The player’s attorney Claire Boutard de la Combe informed media that they will appeal the decision.
The latest in Aurier’s bumpy rise to stardom puts yet another black eye on his young career. Just months before the nightclub fight with a police officer, Aurier made headlines for his question and answer session on social media website and app Periscope.
During his Periscope session, Aurier made several comments about teammates and then-head coach Laurent Blanc. Aurier inexplicably made homophobic slurs about Blanc and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He also outlined management’s favouritism toward Ibrahimovic.
The PSG right-back went on to call teammate Angel Di Maria a “clown”. Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and full-back Gregory Van der Wiel were also singled out by the Ivorian.
The online video got Aurier suspended six weeks by the club, and he was forced to train with the PSG reserve side.
The French football giants were not the only ones to suspend Aurier last season as UEFA also banned the player from competing. Aurier, who seems to have trouble staying off of social media, took to Facebook following a Champions League match. In a post on the website, he called referee Bjorn Kuipers a “dirty son of a bitch” due to the sending-off of teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Aurier started his professional football career with Lens, coming through their youth academy. The Ivorian spent five and a half seasons at Lens before moving to Toulouse in January 2012.
Aurier excelled at Toulouse, scoring eight goals in 72 matches for the Ligue 1 side as a defender. His excellent play with the southwest French team impress PSG, who moved for him in 2014.
This season, Aurier has been a regular in PSG’s starting XI. The right-back has started four of PSG’s matches, tallying two assists. However, against former team Toulouse last weekend, Aurier was sent off in the 46th minute as the French giants slumped to a 2-0 defeat. The club currently sit in fourth place, four points behind surprise leaders Nice.
The news of Aurier’s jail sentence will not have gone down well with the capital club as Aurier’s off field troubles continue to follow him.