PSG Star Denied Opportunity to Face Arsenal by Home Office
Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has not travelled with his club to face Arsenal on Wednesday night as he was refused entry to the United Kingdom.
Aurier was given a two-month suspended prison sentence back in September for assaulting a police officer.
The French champions claim the UK authorities have granted the Ivorian a VISA back in October before revoking it last week, citing his conviction.
PSG said the timing of the ruling show “a lack of respect”.
The Ivory Coast international applied for a Tier 2 Sportsperson VISA, allowing an individual to stay abroad for up to three years and typically takes three weeks to process.
A statement by the Home Office read:
“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.”
The player cannot appeal against a VISA refusal.
Serge Aurier is appealing against his initial conviction.
Paris Saint-Germain head to the Emirates tomorrow evening with the opportunity for both sides to win Group A with a victory. Each side have already assured their places in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League.
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