PSG 'stunned' as Serge Aurier barred from entering Britain for Arsenal clash

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Paris Saint Germain defender Serge Aurier has been refused permission by British authorities to travel to England for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal.

The French club announced that Aurier, a 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, had been denied an entry visa because of an assault conviction he received in September for acting violently towards police outside a nightclub.

In a statement, PSG said: “Due to a sudden about-face by the British authorities, Serge Aurier has not been allowed to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the clash away to Arsenal. Paris Saint-Germain is stunned by this incomprehensible situation that attacks the very integrity of the UEFA Champions League.”

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PSG say the British authorities originally granted Aurier a visa, however this was revoked on 16 November. The club informed the authorities that Aurier has appealed against his conviction.

“The club has argued several times that since the player has launched a legal appeal against the criminal ruling, he is therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, as any other person exercising their right to appeal.

“Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision.”

PSG were also furious that they were only informed of the decision at 14:00 the day before the game, “despite the club working for the last six days to find a solution to enable our player to travel with his teammates to London”. They deemed such timing a “flagrant lack of respect for the club”.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 14.48 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

 

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