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Serge Aurier Punished for Laurent Blanc, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slur

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 03:  Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during warmup before  the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Lorient at Parc des Princes on February 3, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

Serge Aurier was suspended by Paris Saint-Germain for its match against Chelsea on Feb. 16 after a video surfaced of the defender appearing to insult both his manager Laurent Blanc and team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Goal.com reported Friday that Aurier will also have to train with the reserve team until March 20 as part of his punishment.

BT Sport’s French football expert Julien Laurens provided details of what the right-back is alleged to have said about Blanc and Ibrahimovic (Warning: expletive language):

Laurens confirmed the club is set to sanction the 23-year-old defender: 

Aurier later apologised for his comments, saying, per Laurens"I have made a big mistake. I am here to apologise to the coach, my teammates, the club and the fans."

Here is a look at the video clip in question, in which Aurier allegedly answers questions on Periscope in French. *Warning, expletive language used*:

Spanish football expert Sergi Dominguez reported that Aurier described team-mates Salvatore Sirigu and Gregory van der Wiel as "finished" and "s---e," respectively.

According to Dominguez, the defender is also said to have told someone who lost a bet on PSG's 0-0 draw with Lille, "I'll give you [Edinson] Cavani's address, get the money from him"; the striker missed a succession of chances during the game.

As relayed by Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson on Feb. 14, Canal’s Pierre Menes claimed Aurier initially denied it was him talking in the video and was set to issue a statement citing "falsification." 

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