Serge Aurier: A controversial footballer
Serge Aurier is gaining a reputation as one of the most controversial footballers around.
The Ivory Coast full back made headlines last season when he took part in a Periscope video taking the mickey out of his then coach Laurent Blanc and team mates such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
On Tuesday it has been confirmed that Serge Aurier will miss PSG’s massive Champions League clash at Arsenal on Wednesday, and it isn’t due to injury or suspension.
Aurier banned from the UK
Aurier is the first choice right back at PSG but has not been allowed into the UK today due to his ongoing court case.
In September, Aurier was sentenced to two months in prison and handed a €21,000 fine for assaulting a policeman.
This related to an incident in May, 2016. The PSG star has appealed the sentence and therefore the case is ongoing.
PSG have not taken the decision well and have issued a statement, which can be seen below.
PSG statement on Serge Aurier
Due to a sudden about-face by the British authorities, Serge Aurier has not been allowed to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the clash away to Arsenal.
Paris Saint-Germain is stunned by this incomprehensible situation that attacks the very integrity of the UEFA Champions League.
After an initial application on 18 October, complete with all the necessary documents, the British authorities had originally granted Paris Saint-Germain’s Côte d’Ivoire international an entry visa to the UK on 21 October.
However, on 16 November, his visa was finally revoked by the British Ministry of the Interior, who justified their about-face by citing Aurier’s conviction on 30 September, 2016.
Paris Saint-Germain had, in all transparency, informed the British authorities of this conviction, as well as Aurier’s appeal against this decision (and the legal suspension of the ruling) from the outset.
The club has argued several times that since the player has launched a legal appeal against the criminal ruling, he is therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, as any other person exercising their right to appeal.
“A flagrant lack of respect for the club”
Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision. On several occasions, UEFA has also transmitted its total support of Paris Saint-Germain to the British authorities regarding this case, in order to preserve the integrity of its competitions.
The club also deplores that the final decision of the British authorities was only communicated at 14:00 CET on Tuesday, despite the club working for the last six days to find a solution to enable our player to travel with his teammates to London.
Paris Saint-Germain considers this extremely tardive response as a flagrant lack of respect for the club, given that its player could have been training with the team just hours later at Emirates Stadium.
In the face of this decision, albeit difficult to understand in respect to European law, Paris Saint-Germain, who had planned to travel to London with its strongest possible squad, invites its fans to be more united than ever, in support of their club.