Nasser Al-Khelaifi Reportedly Punched Door After Serge Aurier Periscope Apology

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 03:  Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain kicks the ball during 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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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):

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):

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):

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:

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. 


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