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Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier suspended by club

Serge Aurier celebrates
Image: Serge Aurier has been an integral part of PSG's squad this season

Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been suspended by the club and will not face Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Aurier's suspension comes after a video emerged online in which he appeared to abuse his manager Laurent Blanc, as well as his team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Salvatore Sirigu and Gregory van der Wiel.

The 23 year-old allegedly directed homophobic slurs at a number of club figures, including Blanc, in the video.

The Ivory Coast international, who has made 24 appearances for PSG this season, originally denied he was the man in the video but later apologised, saying he had made a "big mistake".

"I am here to say sorry to the coach, the club and my team-mates, and to the supporters because they are the most important people," he said.

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"I want to apologise especially to the coach, I can only thank him for all he has done for me since I arrived in Paris. He wanted me and since I came here everything has gone really well. I owe him a lot and that is why I apologise sincerely to him for what was said, which I deeply regret.

"I will accept any sanction the club impose on me regarding this incident. I made a mistake, it was unforgivable and I am ready to face all the consequences."

PSG have suspended the defender indefinitely which rules him out of next week's crucial Champions League last 16 first-leg tie at the Parc de Princes.

A statement on PSG's website read: "This Sunday, the club have learned of a video distributed on social media in which Serge Aurier responds to questions from internet users.

"The video, filmed in a private context, contains certain comments which are clearly unacceptable from a Paris St Germain player, towards certain team-mates and especially towards coach Laurent Blanc.

"The club have opened disciplinary proceedings against the player, accompanied by a provisional suspension. Serge Aurier therefore will not figure in the squad to play against Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.

"Paris St Germain offer their full support to coach Laurent Blanc and to the players who, quite rightly, feel offended by these comments which are against the values of the club."

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