Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted that he took insults made by defender Serge Aurier in a video on social media “very badly” as he promised to confront the disgraced player face to face.
Aurier, 23, was suspended by PSG on Sunday, ruling him out of Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg clash with Chelsea, after homophobic insults directed at his coach in the clip recorded with the online app Periscope on Saturday night.
The Ivory Coast international also appeared to insult several of his team-mates and Blanc was clearly angry when asked about the matter at a press conference on Monday.
“I took it very badly. One can think certain things and have opinions. We are in a democratic country but two years ago I made an effort to bring this boy to Paris. I find it pitiful,” he said.
“We are here to prepare for Chelsea but he has penalised himself. He should be preparing for a last-16 Champions League tie. That would be better for him than being stuck at home not knowing what to do.”
Expressing frustration with the younger generation of players, the World Cup-winning defender added: “Lots of people in this new generation spend their time apologising. Rather than do that they should think more before they do anything.
“The club has taken decisions. You will find out if they take any more decisions, but if he has a problem with me I will not use the media to clear up my problem. I will deal with him directly,” he added.
Aurier, formerly of Toulouse, apologised on French television on Sunday evening saying he would “accept all consequences” after the release of the video.
The Periscope app allows people to broadcast live videos via their smartphones, which Aurier did as his friend, who was smoking a shisha pipe, asked him questions posed by fans.
He will miss the first-leg clash with Chelsea, a year after he was suspended by UEFA for insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers in a video he posted on social media.
On that occasion, his tirade came after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in the second leg of PSG’s dramatic away goals win against the London club at the same stage of the Champions League.
He missed the quarter-final defeat to Barcelona as a result. In his absence, either Gregory van der Wiel or Marquinhos will start at right-back on Tuesday evening.