Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has shown his support for fellow Ivory Coast teammate Serge Aurier who was suspended by his club PSG for making derogatory comments on social media.
Both players teamed up to guide Ivory Coast win the African Cup of Nations last year and Aurier since then has been gradually rising as one of the top full-backs in world football with consistent performances.
But the emergence came to a staggering halt when Aurier was thrown away from the PSG squad ahead of their 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie on Tuesday.
His was suspended due to a video he posted on social media, where he intentionally made derogatory remarks about coach Laurent Blanc and PSG’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While it is not clear what the future holds for the 23-year-old highly-rated defender, his compatriot Drogba, wants the player to be educated and given an opportunity to learn from his mistake.
The Chelsea legend posted a long comment on Twitter, where he has requested the football fraternity to forgive Aurier and let him grow and mature as a player.
“I don’t often comment on these things but the way my little brother Serge Aurier has been treated over the past few days has really upset me so I feel the need to say something.
“Yes he made a mistake,” Drogba tried to make a point. “Yes he said things he should not have said, but we have all made mistakes, players (myself included, coaches, managers, referees, club presidents, even the fans!
“How can young players learn from their mistakes if they are not given proper support and advice?
“Should we not be educating younger players on how to behave, preparing them for a world where social media can make or break your career?
“Or are we simply pointing the finger and banning some players but not others? Which simply achieves nothing.”
“Bon courage mon frère.”
Blanc, who tagged Aurier as pitiful for his loose comments did not confirm if the player will be given a chance to continue his career with the French champions, and has also left it to the club authority to handle the matter.
Leading figures in French football have also backed Laurent Blanc after Serge Aurier’s rant on him.
Legendary former Auxerre coach Guy Roux even claimed he would have “slaughtered” the player and suggested he should “go to prison” for his behaviour.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf said, he felt Aurier was “finished” at PSG, while ex-PSG star Jean-Michel Larque told Le Parisien that in his day it would be “out of the question” for Aurier to play for the club again.