Serge Aurier given two-month jail sentence for attacking a police officer

Serge Aurier

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has been given a suspended two-month prison sentence for attacking a police officer.

The Ivorian appeared at the Correctional Court in Paris on Monday to face charges over an incident outside a nightclub in the city in May.

He was arrested following an argument with police near the Champs-Elysees in the early hours of May 30 and put in a holding cell for “using violence on a police officer.”

After hearing the case, the prosecutor requested a two-month suspended sentence with community service.

RMC Sport reported that Aurier, who was ordered to pay €1,500 to cover court costs, will appeal against the decision.

Lawyer Claire Boutard de la Combe said: “We’re appealing. Mr Aurier contests the findings. He’s not guilty and must be acquitted.”

The defender has also claimed that he was a victim of police violence during the incident, telling French television in June: “It was violent. The police officers got out of the car, insulted me, brutalised me, my lip was smashed.

“What’s even worse is that the police officer said I had elbowed him in the thorax. If I wanted to touch him, I would have punched him in the face. He did though, strike me several times in the face.”

In a statement, PSG said they had “taken note of the decision against Aurier.”

“Because of his appeal, PSG still presume the player innocent as the case is still ongoing,” the statement added. “Aurier can continue to play and do his job in France and abroad.

“PSG also want to emphasise his professional attitude since returning to training in July. PSG will make no further official comment until Aurier’s appeal has been judged.”

 

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