Serious allegations were leveled at a member of Tottenham Hotspur’s first team today. A major British tabloid is reporting that Spurs right back Serge Aurier was arrested this past weekend by Hertfordshire police officers on suspicion of domestic battery.
Hertfordshire police made the following statement: “A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of [actual bodily harm]. He has been released with no further action.”
A Tottenham spokesperson also made a brief statement, but did not confirm any details: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend.”
Aurier was apparently arrested and spent a few hours in jail before being released without being charged.
There is a lot we don’t know, and it would not be prudent to speculate on what happened without additional information, but given the facts we do have, it is hard to imagine anything good happened with Aurier this weekend. Apparently this was the reason that Aurier missed Sunday’s Premier League loss to Manchester United.
However, these are extremely serious allegations and considering Aurier’s past and the controversial nature of his initial signing from PSG it paints a quite disturbing series of events. In addition to the controversy over homophobic comments he made about then-manager Laurent Blanc in 2016, Aurier also has a past conviction for assaulting a French police officer that same year, an incident that while he didn’t serve time in prison caused his European Union visa to be temporarily revoked.
I am not linking to the tabloid that broke the story out of ethical reasons, but it’s not hard to figure out where the story comes from. If you want to read it, feel free to Google it yourselves.
We will update with more information as it becomes available.
Update: According to the Evening Standard, Aurier will not be disciplined by Tottenham for the incident or the arrest at the weekend. The key sentence in the Standard’s report is below:
Aurier vehemently denied assaulting the [alleged victim] and, having spoken to the Ivory Coast international, Spurs believe the matter is now closed.