Aurier Receives Punishment For Blanc Insults

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The French champions have confirmed the full-back will train with the reserves until March 20, meaning he will miss the club’s Champions League second leg clash with Chelsea

Serge Aurier will face a further three weeks out of the Paris Saint-Germain team after learning his punishment for criticising manager Laurent Blanc and a series of team-mates.

The Ivory Coast international will be forced to train with the club’s reserves until March 20 having hit out at Blanc during a Periscope video on February 13.

The Ivory Coast international was criticised heavily by Blanc, with the coach saying he will “suffer the consequences” for his “pathetic” actions.

The 23-year-old publicly apologised for his actions soon after, but PSG have taken a hard-line stance in opting to suspend him from first-team duties until after next month’s international break.

“At a time when Paris Saint-Germain must remain focused on key dates, the management of the club must keep the professional group free of any potential trouble and has decided that Serge Aurier will be available to the CFA [second team] as of Monday February 29 until Sunday March 20 inclusive,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“At the same time, the player has offered to perform various actions for Paris Saint-Germain’s Club Foundation.

“While he hopes to soon celebrate with his supporters a fourth French title in a row, the club wishes to reaffirm its full confidence in his coach, his staff and his players.”

Aurier’s punishment means he will miss six first-team matches, including the second leg of PSG’s Champions League round-of-16 tie with Chelsea on March 9.

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