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PSG star sentenced to two months in prison

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Serge Aurier outside court today
Serge Aurier outside court today

PSG star Serge Aurier has been sentenced to two months behind bars over an incident involving a police officer outside a Paris nightclub earlier this year.

Aurier, 23, was found guilty of abusing a police officer in an incident in which it was alleged a policeman was struck with an elbow.

According to reports the Ivory Coast international was asked to get out of a car to be breathalysed by police on May 30 and when he did so a policeman was allegedly elbowed in the throat by the footballer.

Aurier has already lodged an appeal and left court today a free man.

He has also lodged his own case against the police for their alleged violence towards him.

Reports in France say it is unlikely Aurier will ever spend any time behind bars, even if the verdict is upheld, with a hefty fine the most likely outcome.

The player is expected to continue to play for the French champions and is likely to line out for them in the Champions league against Ludogorets on Wednesday.

A statement on www.psg.fr read: "Serge Aurier appeared personally before the Paris court to answer the charges against him.

"The club takes note of his conviction. An appeal was made to the output of the hearing by counsel for the player.

"Thus, and according to the rules of criminal procedure, Serge Aurier is again presumed innocent pending the decision of the Court of Appeal.

"Pending this decision, the player is allowed to continue the exercise of his profession in France and abroad.

"Furthermore, the club wishes to stress the professional attitude of the player since his return to training on July 4.

"Meanwhile, Paris St Germain reaffirms its commitment to respect the forces and their missions.

"No further comment will be made by the club by the appeal."