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Tottenham Hotspur signs Serge Aurier, who once called his coach a ‘f****t’

Tottenham Hotspur signs Serge Aurier, who once called his coach a ‘f****t’

Serge Aurier

English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur signed French footballer Serge Aurier today (31 August) on a five-year contract for £23 million (€25 million, $29.6 million).

It’s Deadline Day in the UK, which means football clubs can transfer players from other countries into their playing staff.

The signing comes after Aurier called his boss ‘une fiotte’ (‘a faggot’) during a live-stream broadcast to fans last year.

Aurier claimed coach of Paris St Germain, Laurent Blanc and teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic engaged in oral sex. He apologized and said he ‘deeply regrets’ the comments he made.

But as a result, Paris St Germain suspended Aurier and said: ‘The video, filmed in a private context, contains certain comments which are clearly unacceptable from a Paris St Germain player, towards certain team-mates and especially towards coach Laurent Blanc.

‘The club have opened disciplinary proceedings against the player, accompanied by a provisional suspension.

‘Serge Aurier therefore will not figure in the squad to play against Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.

‘Paris St Germain offer their full support to coach Laurent Blanc and to the players who, quite rightly, feel offended by these comments which are against the values of the club,’ the statement read.

Serge Aurier: I ‘deeply regret’ the comments I made

Aurier apologized for the comments but was suspended from playing in the French Premier League.

Last year, Aurier assaulted a polic officer and was given a two-month jail term.

In response to this, as well as the announcement today, he said: ‘This is a fresh start for me.

‘I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.

‘The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier,’ he said.

UPDATE: Chris Paouros and Simon Gray, co-chairs of Proud Lilywhites, an LGBTI association affiliated with Tottenham Hotspur, released a statement.

They wrote: ‘We were initially unhappy with the signing. But given our positive dialogue with the Club, we would like to use this as an opportunity to build bridges.

‘It actually gives us an opportunity to talk about the kind of game we want to see, players we want to support. [As well as] the kind of Clubs we want to be and make effective and deep-rooted change.

‘Welcome to the famous Tottenham Hotspur Serge, we look forward to you getting to know us,’ they wrote.