With Adrien Rabiot, Layvin Kurzawa and Javier Pastore already ruled out, PSG have just learnt that Serge Aurier has been refused entry to the UK due to an active appeal against a recent conviction.
In September, Serge Aurier was sentenced to two months in prison and handed a €21,000 fine for an incident that occurred in May of this year. Having allegedly assaulted a police officer, the first choice PSG right-back has appealed the sentence and the case trundles on.
However, for the UK authorities, it seems the initial conviction was enough to deter them from allowing the controversial full back from entering and Aurier has been turned away.
The news has been greeted with great fury by the French champions with the club releasing a somewhat bizarre statement claiming that the verdict ‘attacks the very integrity of the Champions League’ and also shows a ‘flagrant lack of respect for the club’.
Check out the statement in full below;
Due to a sudden about-face by the British authorities, Serge Aurier has not been allowed to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the clash away to Arsenal.
Paris Saint-Germain is stunned by this incomprehensible situation that attacks the very integrity of the UEFA Champions League.
After an initial application on 18 October, complete with all the necessary documents, the British authorities had originally granted Paris Saint-Germain’s Côte d’Ivoire international an entry visa to the UK on 21 October.
However, on 16 November, his visa was finally revoked by the British Ministry of the Interior, who justified their about-face by citing Aurier’s conviction on 30 September, 2016.
Paris Saint-Germain had, in all transparency, informed the British authorities of this conviction, as well as Aurier’s appeal against this decision (and the legal suspension of the ruling) from the outset.
The club has argued several times that since the player has launched a legal appeal against the criminal ruling, he is therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, as any other person exercising their right to appeal.
Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision. On several occasions, UEFA has also transmitted its total support of Paris Saint-Germain to the British authorities regarding this case, in order to preserve the integrity of its competitions.
The club also deplores that the final decision of the British authorities was only communicated at 14:00 CET on Tuesday, despite the club working for the last six days to find a solution to enable our player to travel with his teammates to London.
Paris Saint-Germain considers this extremely tardive response as a flagrant lack of respect for the club, given that its player could have been training with the team just hours later at Emirates Stadium.
In the face of this decision, albeit difficult to understand in respect to European law, Paris Saint-Germain, who had planned to travel to London with its strongest possible squad, invites its fans to be more united than ever, in support of their club.
Serge Aurier's sudden unavailability means PSG's squad has been confirmed with NO Aurier, Adrien Rabiot, Layvin Kurzawa or Javier Pastore.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) November 22, 2016