By Adebayo Williams
Ivory Coast defender was surprisingly the hero when Malian striker Moussa Doumbia almost lost his life on the field on Saturday. The Paris Saint Germain defender reacted swiftly to prevent the Malian from swallowing his tongue after he was knocked out by Ivorian defender Lamina Kone. Doumbia had contested an aerial ball with the Sunderland man before he got elbowed leading to the harrowing incident.
Mali’s coach Alain Giresse was full of thanks to the player for his swift reaction.
“Lamine Kone, who is 30 kilograms heavier than him, completely beat him [Doumbia] and destroyed him with his elbow,” Giresse told RMC.
“All the players then realise that Doumbia is going to swallow his tongue and choke. That’s when Aurier, with one of our players, quickly put him on his side and pulled out his tongue, because he was about to lose his life.”
But Aurier, being a ‘bad guy’, tarnished his super hero image by celebrating a goal with a throat-slitting gesture. The 23-year-old had been suspended by his club, PSG, after videos of him emerged on networking app Periscope condemning former coach Laurent Blanc. He has been sentenced to two months in jail by a French court for elbowing a police officer outside a club.