Hero or Villain?
Is Serge Aurier a hero or a villain? Or is he a bit of both?
On Saturday, when Ivory Coast beat Mali 3-1, Serge Aurier was praised for ‘saving the life’ of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia.
After Doumbia was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, Aurier intervened to stop the player from swallowing his tongue.
Of course, Aurier was praised by many for this and Mali manager Alain Giresse said he spoke to Aurier after the game to thank him for his ‘superb reactions’.
However, it now appears the Ivorian defender could be in trouble with FIFA, after apparently making a ‘throat slit’ gesture to a group of supporters.
Throat slit gesture
The Paris St-Germain star allegedly celebrated one of Ivory Coast’s goal against Mali by turning to the crowd and dragging his hand across his throat.
According the BBC, FIFA are now apparently looking into this and have stated that “a preliminary investigation is under way”.
The controversial celebration is just the latest in a string of incidents involving the full-back.
Aurier has found himself in trouble a lot lately and was sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer, in September (remaining free pending an appeal).
He was also suspended by PSG in February, after appearing to use homophobic language to insult then-coach, Laurent Blanc.
Not to mention the time, Aurier called team-mate Angel Di Maria a “clown” while answering questions from fans on social media app, Periscope.