Mourinho to let Aurier decide if he plays after brother shot dead
FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT
Jose Mourinho will allow Serge Aurier to decide whether he plays against Newcastle United tomorrow night after the right-back’s brother was shot dead.
Christopher Aurier was killed outside a Toulouse nightclub early yesterday morning. Tottenham are supporting the Ivory Coast international and will grant him compassionate leave to return to France. That could rule him out of the trip to Newcastle.
A Tottenham statement read: “The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away.
“We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected. Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family.”
Aurier helped Tottenham to a 2-1 north London derby win over
Arsenal just hours before the incident involving his brother.
Toulouse police were called after residents found a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Christopher, who played for French fifth division side Rodeo Toulouse, had a trial with Brentford in 2011.
“Brentford were in League One. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time,” Christopher said in 2017.
“The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me, ‘It’s a shame you can’t understand my instructions. I’d have signed you otherwise’.”
While Tottenham will support Aurier in any decision he makes, Mourinho could face a difficult decision over who to play at rightback. With Kyle Walker-Peters on loan at Southampton, Tottenham do not have another natural rightback at the club.