Bad news follows Serge Aurier like a strong odour.
First there was the despicable comments about Laurent Blanc, in which Aurier aimed homophobic slurs at the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.
Last month the right-back was sentenced to two months in prison and fined €2,100 for assaulting police officer.
It’s remarkable that he’s still on PSG’s books.
The French champions were probably pleased when Aurier left for international duty. They probably thought he could cause little harm thousands of miles away from the Parc des Princes.
But the 23-year-old has managed to make headlines for something other than his football performances.
After helping to create Ivory Coast’s second goal in their 3-1 win against Mali on Saturday, Aurier celebrated by pretending to slit his throat.
It’s clear that the PSG man feels a sense of injustice at his current situation. He is appealing the prison sentence, handed out after he allegedly elbowed a policeman in the throat outside a nightclub on the Champs Elysees in May.
“We’re appealing. Mr Aurier contests the findings,” the player’s lawyer, Claire Boutard de la Combe, said, per The Guardian. “He’s not guilty and must be acquitted.”
Yet Aurier’s celebration is unlikely to help him come across as a harmless man.
Last season, he received a three match ban by UEFA after calling referee Bjorn Kuipers a “dirty son of a b****” for sending Zlatan Ibrahimovic off in PSG’s Champions League game against Chelsea.
Outspoken players are very often well-received in football, but Aurier takes it a step too far.
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