Paris - Paris Saint-Germain star Serge Aurier will spend at
least another 24 hours in police custody after he was detained for clashing
with an officer outside a nightclub, police sources said Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has regularly
been in trouble with his club, is alleged to have "insulted and hit a
police officer", one source told AFP.
Informed sources told AFP that Aurier was contesting the
police version of events, saying that he had been the victim of aggressive
police behaviour and had sustained cuts to his forehead and mouth
The incident occurred as Aurier was the subject of a police
control when his Porsche Cayenne was causing traffic problems after he left a
nightclub, a source told AFP.
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Aurier was "aggressive" and "quite
contemptuous" when police tried to breathalyse him. It was then he
allegedly "elbowed" the policeman in the throat.
The footballer has been held at a police station near the
Champs Elysees for "deliberate violence against a person of public
authority", the source added.
Paris Saint-Germain briefly suspended Aurier in February
after he appeared in a video insulting club coach Laurent Blanc. Aurier later
admitted he had carried out a "stupid mistake" and apologised.
With an estimated transfer value of between 20-25 million
euros, Aurier had been a key element of Paris Saint-Germain's drive towards a
new French league title and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. The
right back is under contract with the club until June 2019.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Aurier was in
custody, but made no other comment on the matter.For
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