Aurier throat slit gesture causes stir
Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier has caused a social media stir after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier. Ivory Coast international Aurier celebrated a goal against Mali by turning to the crowd and dragging his finger across his throat. Ivory Coast won the African Group C qualifier in Bouake 3-1. Aurier made the hand gesture after his cross was turned into his own net by Salif Coulibaly to give the hosts a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute. Aurier’s name was trending on social media after the incident, with many mocking him or blasting the media. The controversial 23-year-old was in trouble last month when he was sentenced to two months in prison for assaulting a police officer-although in France such short sentences are automatically commuted. Last season he was also in trouble with his club after making derogatory comments about his then-PSG coach Laurent Blanc and other team-mates, including current Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on a social media video post. He was suspended by his club for five weeks but owned up to having committed “a stupid mistake”.