Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Ivory Coast footballer Serge Aurier has been sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer. The 23-year-old defender has also been handed a fine of €600 (£521, $674) in damages over the incident, which took place at a Paris nightclub in May.
Aurier will remain free pending the outcome of an appeal. As a result, the highly-rated defender could still feature in PSG's Champions League fixture against Ludo Razgd on Wednesday (28 September).
Aurier – who joined PSG from Toulouse in 2015 – was convicted on Monday of elbowing a police officer when he was leaving the nightclub in the early hours of the morning. The defender was stopped by officers and asked to take a breath test when the incident occurred.
The injuries caused by the alleged elbow led to the officer taking a day off work, according to a police account of the incident. However, Aurier denied the charge and insisted that he was, in fact, the victim of police violence.
Aurier was involved in another high profile spat earlier this year, when PSG suspended the Ivorian for making derogatory comments about Laurent Blanc, the then-PSG coach. Aurier also called his PSG team-mate Angel di Maria a "clown" during a Q&A with fans on social media.
Last week, meanwhile, the controversial defender was was sent off for a foul in the first half of PSG's Ligue 1 match against his former club Toulouse. Despite this, Aurier could yet be returned to PSG's starting line-up for their mid-week Champions League match.