Paris St Germain right-back Serge Aurier has been given a two-month prison sentence by a French court after being found guilty of abusing police. The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international was accused of assaulting a police officer after he was stopped in May when leaving a Parisian nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
The incident turned violent after Aurier was asked to take a breath test and step out of his car. He is accused of elbowing an officer in the chest resulting in the policeman needing a day off work. He was suspended by his club for five weeks but owned up to having committed “a stupid mistake”.
Aurier was also fined €600 (£520) by the Paris correctional tribunal, with a further €1,500 in costs. The sentence is “convertible”, meaning that Aurier is unlikley to go to jail but will perform community service instead.
The defender has already announced that he will appeal against the decision, and remains at liberty – indeed, he is expected to be available for PSG’s Champions League match at Ludogorets this week.
Aurier’s court appearance comes on the back of him being sent off in the first half of PSG’s 2-0 Ligue 1 defeat at Toulouse on Friday night, their second defeat of the season.