Ivorian defender, Serge Aurier has been refused permission by British authorities to travel to England for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed.

The French club announced that their 23-year-old Ivory Coast international had been denied an entry visa because of an assault conviction he received in September for acting violently towards police outside a nightclub.

In a statement, PSG said: “Due to a sudden about-face by the British authorities, Serge Aurier has not been allowed to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the London crunch task at the Emirates.”

A UEFA statement read: “UEFA supported the PSG in its efforts to acquire a visa for the player but at the last moment the authorities refused it.”

The Wednesday’s meeting at Emirates Stadium second in the standings, level on 10 points with leaders Arsenal with both clubs assured of a place in the knockout stages.

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