In a routine press conference ahead of their crucial Champions League tie against Chelsea, PSG manager Laurent Blanc has admitted that the racial slur of right back Serge Aurier has negatively affected the French outfit’s preparations for the Champions League fixture.
After aiming a rant of abuse at his manager and some of his team-mates, right back Serge Aurier was suspended by the club for indefinite period.
He called Angel Di Maria a “clown” and aimed racial abuses at his manager on his social media account last week.
When asked by the press about his reaction to the rant of the defender, a clearly agitated Blanc went on the offensive.
“How did I react? Very badly. Very badly. Because we think whatever we like – this is a democracy and we are free to think about things, have our opinions – but that guy, that boy, two years ago, I committed myself to make him come to Paris, and seeing what I saw yesterday, that’s all the thanks I got.
“That’s pitiful. Pathetic.”
“If Serge has a problem with me, I won’t use the press to address that problem. I will talk to him directly. I won’t do it through you (the media).”
Talking about his team’s chances of getting the better of Chelsea for the 2nd year running, Blanc admitted that the absence of Chelsea captain John Terry would increase their chances of winning the two-legged tie.
The veteran defender picked up a hamstring injury against Newcastle and is doubtful for the season defining fixture for the Blues.