PSG's Aurier in trouble over video

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier could find himself in hot water after insulting manager Laurent Blanc and many of his team-mates in a live video he and a friend recorded with the online app Periscope on Saturday night.

The Ivorian at one stage appeared to describe Blanc as a "faggot", although he was not actually in shot at the time. When his friend asks him whether or not "Blanc s**ks off Zlatan (Ibrahimovic)," Aurier answers: "Yes, he takes everything, even his b***s."

PSG play their most important match of the season tomorrow, in a Champions League last-16, first-leg tie against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes.

The right-back would have been expected to start that game after being rested for Saturday's league draw with Lille, but his outburst could cost him his place.

Periscope allows users to broadcast live videos via their smartphones. Aurier did so as his friend asked him questions posed by fans while smoking a shisha pipe.

He continued to insult his team-mates in an expletive-filled tirade, including Angel di Maria, whom he called a "clown".

Canal+ columnist Pierre Menes says he had been in contact with the 23-year-old, tweeting that the player is "going to deny the claims and take legal action concerning the falsification of a video".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2016, with the headline 'PSG's Aurier in trouble over video'. Print Edition | Subscribe