The Serge Aurier mini-saga has come to a sort of conclusion on Friday as Paris Saint-Germain handed out the punishment deemed appropriate after the right back's disparaging remarks on social media just ahead of the first leg of PSG's Round of 16 match-up with Chelsea. Aurier missed that match and he will miss the return leg as well on March 9th as he will be forced to train with and play for PSG's reserves for the next three weeks.
This Friday 26 February at 16h30, at the headquarters of the club, the player received from the hands of Olivier Letang, assistant sporting director, the notification of a disciplinary suspension of six days, which he has completed in the context of the temporary suspension announced on February 14.
Moreover, at a time when Paris Saint-Germain must remain focused on major deadlines, the club's management must protect the first-team squad from any potential distress and has decided to make Serge Aurier available to the club's team which plays in the CFA [4th division] from Monday 29 February until Sunday March 20th.
-source: PSG via ESPN
Aurier will also carry out some form of community service and work with the youth academy as well. PSG maintain that he still has a future with the club, though I would not be surprised to see him depart in the French capital in the summer transfer window after all this nonsense.
Matches Serge Aurier will miss through sanction: Lyon (L1), Saint-Etienne (CdF), Montpellier (L1), Chelsea (UCL), Troyes (L1) & Monaco (L1).— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) February 27, 2016
With PSG well out of sight in Ligue 1, the biggest impact will be felt in the Champions League, where Marquinhos will likely deputize again. With the improving form of many of our left-sided players, this could be a match-up we could exploit to provide a decent advantage as we look to overturn the one-goal (with an away goal!) first leg deficit. Every little bit helps! Thanks, Serge!
(Though we have three Premier League matches to concentrate on until then...)