Monday, September 26, 2016

Paris St-Germain's defender given two-month jail term

Ivory Coast footballer Serge Aurier, who plays for Paris St-
Germain (PSG), has been sentenced to two months in jail for
elbowing a police officer.

Aurier was also fined €600 (£521, $674) in damages over the
incident at a Paris nightclub in May.
He will remain free pending an appeal, which means he could
play for PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old was suspended earlier this year over his
comments about the then-PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Aurier was convicted on Monday of elbowing a police officer
after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of 30 May.
The defender had been stopped to take a breath test after
leaving a Parisian nightclub.

According to the police account, the officer involved needed to
take a day off work to recover from his injuries.
Aurier denied the charge, arguing that he was a victim of
police violence.

In addition to paying damages, he was charged a further
€1,500 (£1,304; $1687) to cover court costs.
The PSG defender has had a troubled year. His suspension
from the Ligue 1 side in February came after he appeared to
use homophobic language to insult then-coach Laurent Blanc.

He  also called his team-mate Angel di Maria a "clown" as he
answered fan questions on social media app Periscope.
On Friday, he was sent off for a foul in the first half of PSG's
Ligue 1 match against Toulouse.

Despite the sentencing, Aurier is expected to be available for
PSG's tie against Ludogorets in Bulgaria on Wednesday.

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