Tottenham defender Serge Aurier was arrested on suspicion of assault after police were called to his home near London but released without charge, reports said on Wednesday.
Sky Sports News reported that the Ivory Coast international, 26, was taken into custody on Saturday and missed Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Wembley the following day.
Police issued a statement to AFP saying: “A 26-year-old man… was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and has been released with no further action.”
A Tottenham spokesman quoted by the Evening Standard newspaper said: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend. The player was released without charge.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain player, who has played 12 times for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side this season, received a suspended two-month prison sentence after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in 2016.
He was also suspended by PSG for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video.
Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has threatened to “head-butt” new signing Serge Aurier if he steps out of line in a stark warning over his expected behaviour at the club.
The talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week.
The deal was held up as Spurs’ request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two-month prison sentence Aurier received after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.
The 24-year-old was also suspended by PSG last year for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video.
Pochettino, whose comments were published in the British press on Friday, is a strong disciplinarian and insists he will come down hard on Aurier if he steps out of line.
“I said to him, ‘I will kill you’, I (would) head-butt him,” Pochettino said.
“I think it was good, we had a long chat. He knows very well how we are, what we expect from him and for us it’s so important, not only him, every player, how they behave here in the squad.
“We need to keep the dynamic we have created. I trust him, I am confident that he can succeed here and help the team to achieve the things we want.
“When you know and you meet some people, always you start to assess him from the day that you meet them and for me we start from (here) because I don’t know him before. For him I think it’s a new chapter in his life.”
Ivorian right-back Serge Aurier has joined Tottenham Hotspur from Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year contract, the two clubs announced on Thursday.
Spurs are reported to have paid PSG around £23 million ($29.6 million, 25 million euros) to sign the 24-year-old, who won two Ligue 1 titles during his three years in Paris.
The deal was held up as Spurs’ request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two-month prison sentence Aurier was given after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.
“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch,” Aurier said in comments published on the Spurs website.
“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me.
“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.”
Aurier’s conviction for elbowing a police officer meant he was barred from entering the United Kingdom by the British authorities for PSG’s Champions League game against Arsenal last November.
His reference to Spurs’ “diverse” fanbase was a pointed one as he was suspended by PSG last year for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video.
Aurier, capped 40 times by Ivory Coast, began his career with French club Lens and spent two and a half seasons at Toulouse before joining PSG in January 2014.
During his time at Parc des Princes, he also won three French Cups and three French League Cups.
At Spurs he will fill the void left by England right-back Kyle Walker’s £45 million move to Manchester City. He can also play at centre-back.
Aurier is Spurs’ fourth acquisition of the transfer window after Davinson Sanchez, a club-record £42 million recruit from Ajax, back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzanigga and Argentinian youngster Juan Foyth.