PSG suspend Serge Aurier – Paris St. Germain have suspended defender Serge Aurier over a video he posted on social media.
In the video, Aurier had responded to questions from supporters, and had made some controversial comments about head coach Laurent Blanc and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The club has issued a statement announcing the suspension, with the Ivory Coast international to miss the club’s Champions League clash with Chelsea.
“This Sunday, the club became aware of a video posted on a social network in which Serge Aurier answered questions asked by people on the website, a video published on internet and all media since last night.
“This video, shot in a private setting, contains some comments clearly unacceptable from a player of Paris Saint-Germain, about some team-mates and especially the head coach Laurent Blanc.
“Following a discussion with Mr. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the club decided to open towards the player a disciplinary procedure with a provisional immediate suspension. Serge Aurier will not be included in the group that will face Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.
“Paris Saint-Germain wishes to express its full support to the head coach, Laurent Blanc, and players who rightly feel offended by remarks contrary to all the values of the club.”
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “I took the decision to suspend Serge Aurier. Paris Saint-Germain is a very strong institution which nobody can touch.
“I will not let anyone embarrass the club and distract us from our goals, starting with our game against Chelsea, which is highly anticipated by our supporters.
“All the energy of the club, the players, the head coach and his staff are now focused on this crucial date which is a priority for us and for our fans.”