PSG’s Serge Aurier given two-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 26/09/16 1:43pm
Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has been given a two-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer.
The Ivory Coast defender has been convicted of elbowing the policeman in May, with the incident happening after he had been asked to take a breath test outside a nightclub in Paris.
Aurier had denied the charge but he was found guilty and has been sentenced to two months in prison, fined £500 and ordered to pay £1300 costs.
The 23-year-old says he is going to appeal, which means he will be available to play for PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday against Ludogorets.
Aurier joined PSG on a permanent deal in April 2015 having already spent a period on loan at the club.
He was briefly suspended by the club in February after he appeared in a video insulting then-coach Laurent Blanc before admitting he had carried out a "stupid mistake" and issued an apology.
In a statement, Paris St-Germain said: "Serge Aurier appeared personally before the Paris court to answer the charges against him.
"The club takes note of his conviction. An appeal was made to the output of the hearing by counsel for the player. Thus according to the rules of criminal procedure, Serge Aurier is again presumed innocent pending the decision of the Court of Appeal.
"Pending this decision, the player is allowed to continue the exercise of his profession in France and abroad.
"Furthermore, the club wishes to stress the professional attitude of the player since his return to training on July 4.
"Meanwhile, Paris St Germain reaffirms its commitment to respect the forces and their missions. No further comment will be made by the club by the appeal."