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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

PSG player, Serge Aurier refused Entry into UK before Arsenal Game

Paris St-Germain player, Serge Aurier has been stopped from entering the United Kingdom by authorities before Wednesday's Champions League match at Arsenal. The Ivorian, 23, 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 in a statement, the Home Office said: "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 his conviction, leading PSG to believe he is entitled to be presumed innocent.

"Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain's decision," said the French champions in a statement.

"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."

PSG added that they "deplore" the timing of the final decision.

BBC Sports

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