Mour­inho to let Aurier de­cide if he plays af­ter brother shot dead

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Matt Law


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.

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