PSG’s Aurier stopped from entering UK for Arsenal game

Serge Aurier

Aurier was given a suspended prison sentence in September and has consequently been stopped from entering the UK

Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international was given a two-month suspended prison sentence in September for assaulting a police officer.

PSG say UK authorities granted Aurier a visa in October but revoked it on 16 November, citing his conviction.

The French champions said the timing of the ruling showed “a lack of respect”.

But the Home Office said in a statement: “The immigration rules clearly state that non-EU nationals who have received a custodial sentence of less than 12 months within the last five years will be refused on criminality grounds.”

Aurier is appealing against his conviction, leading PSG to believe he is entitled to be presumed innocent.

“Paris St-Germain strongly regrets the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision,” said the club in a statement.

“On several occasions, Uefa has also transmitted its total support of Paris St-Germain to the British authorities regarding this case, in order to preserve the integrity of its competitions.”

PSG added they “deplore” the timing of the final decision.

Aurier was applying for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa, which allows an individual to stay in a country for up to three years and typically takes three weeks to process.

There is no right to appeal against a visa refusal.

Aurier, who has played 40 times for PSG since making his loan deal from Toulouse permanent last year, is accused of elbowing a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May.

In addition to his suspended sentence, he was fined €600 (£521).

His side go into Wednesday’s meeting at Emirates Stadium second in Group A, level on 10 points with leaders Arsenal with both clubs assured of a place in the knockout stages.

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