Serge Aurier

Ivory Coast international footballer Serge Aurier has been given a two month jail sentence for elbowing a police officer.

He was also handed a $674 fine for damages during the incident at a Paris nightclub.

Aurier appeared before a judge at the Correctional Court in Paris on Monday to face charges over the incident that happened in May.

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The Paris St-Germain defender was stopped to take a breath test after leaving the night club in the early hours on May 30.

He argued with, and was said to have elbowed, the police officer during the ensuing events before he was arrested.

Serge Aurier

Witnesses described Serge Aurier as contemptuous and belligerent but the footballer maintained his innocence, arguing that he was a victim of police violence.

Aurier was convicted and in addition to paying damages, he will also pay a further $1687 to cover court costs.

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The 23-year-old full back will remain a free man pending an appeal. That means he could feature for the Paris club in the Champions League on Wednesday.

In a statement, PSG said they had “taken note of the decision against Aurier.”

”Because of his appeal, PSG still presume the player innocent as the case is still ongoing,” the statement said.

”Aurier can continue to play and do his job in France and abroad.”

“PSG also want to emphasize his professional attitude since returning to training in July. PSG will make no further official comment until Aurier’s appeal has been judged.”

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This latest incident adds to the long list of off-field incidents Aurier has had this year.

Serge Aurier was suspended from his club in February after he used homophobic language to insult the then coach Laurent Blanc. He also called team-mate Angel di Maria a clown during the Q&A session on social media.