27 September 2016
Cote d’Ivoire and Paris Saint Germain full back, Serge Aurier, has been sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer.
In addition to the jail sentence, the controversial full back was also fined €600 (£521, $674) in damages over the incident at a Paris nightclub in May.
Not new to controversy, Aurier in March 2015 was banned from three European matches after insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers on Facebook.
He posted a video on Facebook in which he labelled the referee a “dirty son of a bitch” over the sending-off of his then team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Champions League draw against Chelsea.
Also in February, he was suspended for making homophobic comments to insult then PSG coach Laurent Blanc and for calling team-mate Angel di Maria a “clown” while answering questions from fans on social media app – Periscope.
Aurier was convicted on Monday for elbowing a police officer after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of May 30 and according to the police account, the officer involved needed to take a day off work to recover from his injuries.
The Ivorien international 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.
Because it is a `convertible’ sentence, the 23-year-old will perform community service rather than spend time in prison.
He will remain free pending an appeal, which means he could play for PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Aurier was part of the victorious Cote d’Ivoire team that won the 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations and was part of the 2014 World Cup squad for the Les Elephants.
Another Ivorien, Didier Drogba, at the weekend was caught in a heated argument with a fan after his MLS team lost 0-1 to New York Red Bull. It took the intervention of security personnel keep the pair apart.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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