Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi reportedly punched a door in anger when disgraced right-back Serge Aurier did not initially take his recent apology seriously.
Aurier is currently suspended after insulting PSG manager Laurent Blanc and several of his team-mates in a Periscope interview, per the Press Association (via the Guardian).
An apology was issued by the Ivorian, but it was seemingly a tortuous process for Al-Khelaifi who reportedly threatened to keep Aurier for as long as it took to get it right, per France Football (via Get French Football):
PeriscopeGate | Nasser Al Khelaifi punched a door in anger when Serge Aurier failed initially to come across seriously in his video apology.— Get French Football (@GFFN) February 23, 2016
Nasser Al Khelaifi when Serge Aurier was not apologising the way he wanted on the video: "We can take 5 hours, you'll do what I ask!" (FF)— Get French Football (@GFFN) February 23, 2016
Per the Press Association (via the Guardian), Aurier said he had made "a big mistake."
The full video, in French, can be seen below:
French football expert Julien Laurens provided some of the detail from Aurier's initial interview. (Warning: NSFW language used):
Serge Aurier insulted Laurent Blanc last night in a Periscope vidéo, calling him "a faggot". Also said Blanc s*cks Ibra & "takes everything"— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) February 14, 2016
The club were quick to suspend the 23-year-old, and he missed the first leg of PSG's Champions League last-16 tie with Chelsea as a result, as well as Saturday's Ligue 1 victory over Reims.
His career at the Paris club looked to be over, per L'Equipe (via French football writer Matt Spiro):
Serge Aurier unlikely to play for #PSG again. Club expected to sell the right-back in summer for a cut-price €15m-€20m (L'Equipe)— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) February 19, 2016
However, per France Football (via Get French Football), the defender is now "confident" he will be back in Blanc's setup before the return leg at Chelsea, and the manager is open to having him back in the squad:
PeriscopeGate | Laurent Blanc is coming around to the idea of allowing Aurier back because of the player's undoubted ability. (FF)— Get French Football (@GFFN) February 23, 2016
PeriscopeGate | Another element in Aurier's favour is that key members of the squad who were initially shocked want to move on from it. (FF)— Get French Football (@GFFN) February 23, 2016
The report added that Aurier's excuse for his comments was that he thought the friend who was recording the live Periscope interview was, in fact, sending out Snapchats.
While that may be an excuse for him inadvertently hurling abuse at his manager and team-mates in a live broadcast, it does not relieve him of responsibility for his insulting comments.
However, it seems that there may be a route back into the PSG fold for Aurier, which is not a scenario that seemed likely in the immediate aftermath of the initial incident.