On September 26, Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier was handed a suspended two-month jail sentence on Monday for allegedly elbowing a police officer in the throat outside a Paris nightclub on May 30. Just three weeks later, he saved another man’s life.
Mali midfielder Moussa Doumbia collapsed during the early going of the World Cup qualifier game between the west African rivals and is said to have started swallowing his tongue. Ivory Coast right back Aurier was quick on his feet (pun intended) to put Doumbia on his side to help him survive. He even visited Doumbia in the hospital later that night.
Mali coach Fousseni Diawara described the situation from his point of view:
“Doumbia fell and was swallowing his own tongue and Serge was one of the first to arrive and help. 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. There is one thing nobody is talking about, which is the manner in which he helped a Malian on the pitch.”
Despite his heroic efforts, Aurier, who’s clearly a controversial player, caused a stir after his goal celebration. After putting the Ivory Coast up 3-1, Aurier made a throat-slit gesture.
Either way, we think Aurier has the right to celebrate any way he sees fit, considering he literally saved a dude’s life.