Ivory Coast and Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier, has been widely commended after he ‘saved the life’ of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia on Saturday by preventing the FC Rostov forward from swallowing his tongue.
The incident occurred during the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying clash between the Elephants of Cote d’ivoire and their Malian counterparts in Bouake at the weekend.
Doumbia collided with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone,thereby causing him to lose consciousness.Noticing that the Malian attacker was not moving, Aurier quickly intervened stopping the Rostov player from swallowing his tongue.
After the game Mali’s manager Alain Giresse said that he spoke to Aurier after the proceedings to show appreciation for his “superb reactions” which saved Doumbia’s life.
“All the players realised that Doumbia was choking and was about to swallow his tongue,” Giresse stated in an interview with French radio station RMC.
However,old habits die hard and Aurier proved his jekyll and hyde reputation with a throat slitting gesture towards the crowd after his cross was turned into the net by a Malian defender,Salif Coulibaly.
The right back has been under scrutiny in recent times for his antics especially off the pitch.
It will be recalled that in September, he was sentenced to two months in jail for assaulting a police officer, although in France such short sentences are automatically commuted.
Last season he was also in trouble with his club after making derogatory homophobic comments on social media.
Erstwhile PSG coach Laurent Blanc and other team-mates, including current Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic were his targets.
Aurier was suspended by his club for five weeks but owned up to having committed “a stupid mistake”.
Ivory Coast went on to win the home 2018 World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Bouake.