PSG Star Denied Opportunity to Face Arsenal by Home Office

By on November 23, 2016 - 639 views

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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