Serge Aurier Arrested: Latest Details and More on PSG Defender

Matt JonesFeatured Columnist

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 23:  Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during warmup before the French Cup Final game between Paris Saint-Germain and Llosc Lille at Stade de France on April 23, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier was arrested and held in custody by French police on Monday after it was reported he struck an officer outside a nightclub.

According to police sources via AFP (h/t Sky Sports), he is alleged to have "insulted and hit a police officer” outside the venue in the French capital. PSG also confirmed that the 23-year-old was detained.

Per a legal source cited by AFP, it’s suggested the Ivory Coast international “elbowed” the policeman in the throat during the incident and was held at a police station in Paris due to “deliberate violence against a person of public authority.”

BBC.com reported on Tuesday that "Aurier will be tried on 26 September for an alleged assault on a police officer."

Conflicting reports regarding Aurier's status have emerged since his arrest, with Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC passing along a report from L'Equipe saying that his stay in custody has been extended 24 hours. However, an earlier report from Get French Football News citing AFP sources said Aurier had been released by authorities.

It's also been noted that this arrest could prompt PSG to move on from the player:

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It was reported by Le Parisien (h/t the Associated Press, via the Guardian) that Aurier was socialising with friends near the Champs-Elysees before the incident occurred.

Aurier was in trouble with his club earlier in the campaign, when a clip of him insulting manager Laurent Blanc and team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic emerged on Periscope.

MONACO - AUGUST 30: Coach of PSG Laurent Blanc gives the ball to Serge Aurier of PSG during the French Ligue 1 match between AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Louis II on August 30, 2015 in Monaco. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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He was subsequently suspended for a six-week period and admitted to PSG TV (h/t the Press Association, via the Guardian) that he’d made a “big mistake.”

The right-back joined PSG on a permanent basis in the summer of 2015 from Toulouse, having impressed during a loan stint in the 2014-15 term. He has also made 31 appearances for the Ivory Coast.

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