PSG’s Serge Aurier has been denied access to the UK for the Ligue 1 club’s Champions League clash against Arsenal.
Back in September, the 23-year-old was handed a two-month suspended sentence for allegedly elbowing a police office after a night out in May, as well as fined €600 for damages at the nightclub he’d just left.
OFFICIAL: Serge Aurier has been banned from entering the UK following his recent court case and will not play against Arsenal on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/Q71QEATwWQ
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Now, it’s been decided that he won’t be allowed to travel to the UK for the European game, which sees his team, PSG, attempt to climb to the top of their group.
The club have released a lengthy statement about the defender’s ban and they don’t seem happy.
“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.
“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.”
The problem player has only made 11 appearances so far this season, due to injury. However, three of those have come in the Champions League so you’d imagine he would have gotten the nod if he’d been allowed to travel to London.
He’s young and has his whole life in front of him. Hopefully, this teaches him a valuable lesson.