14 July 2020 12:31
Christopher Aurier: Tottenham confirm Serge Aurier's brother is dead after reports he was shot outside a nightclub in France 'Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all' Tottenham have confirmed that defender Serge Aurier's brother is dead following reports he was shot outside a nightclub in France. In a statement on Monday, Spurs said: "The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier's brother passed away in the early hours of this morning. "We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected. Aurier played the full 90 minutes during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, which lifted Spurs above their north London rivals in the Premier League table.
The club are next in action on Wednesday when they take on Newcastle at St James' Park. 'Shot outside a nightclub' Christopher Aurier, the Tottenham defender's younger sibling, was shot outside a nightclub on Boulevard de Thibaud in Toulouse in the south of France, according to Europe 1. Local residents heard two shots being fired and discovered a man on the ground with wounds in his abdomen. He was pronounced dead at hospital. The suspect reportedly escaped the scene and is being pursued by police. Toutes nos pensées vont à la famille et aux proches de Christopher #Aurier, ancien joueur formé au Racing, disparu tragiquement ce matin.#rclens pic.twitter.com/NXQUnfprsb — Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) July 13, 2020 Like his brother Serge, Christopher Aurier was also a footballer and is registered with fifth tier French side Toulouse Rodéo, having come through the system at Lens and playing for Gueugnon, Chantilly and Belgian club Rebecq. Lens tweeted on Monday: "All our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of Christopher Aurier, a former Racing [Club de Lens]-trained player, who died tragically this morning." Serge played for Toulouse FC in Ligue 1 for three seasons between 2012 and 2015 before moving to champions Paris Saint-Germain from where he was bought by Spurs in 2017. Follow i sport on Facebook for the latest Tottenham news, interviews and features More on Tottenham In this December 22, 2009 photo, Lens defender Christopher Aurier (L) vies with Saint-Etienne midfielder Mouhamadou Dabo during a French L1 football match at Felix Bollaert Stadium in Lens, France. Tottenham have confirmed the death of defender Serge Aurier's younger brother, Christopher, who media reports in France say was fatally shot on Monday. Advertising Read more According to the French reports, 26-year-old Christopher Aurier was shot near a bar at 5am (0300 GMT) in the southern city of Toulouse and there have been no arrests. Christopher Aurier played for French fifth-division team Toulouse Rodéo. He came through the youth academy at Lens like his older brother, an Ivorian international and former Paris Saint-Germain full-back, but failed to break through at the highest level. The English Premier League's Tottenham said on its website that it was "deeply saddened to confirm media reports" of the death, but did not give a cause. "We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected," the Premier League team said. Serge Aurier, a 27-year-old right back, previously played for Toulouse. The Ivory Coast international joined Tottenham Hostpur in the summer of 2017 from PSG. He represented his country at the 2014 World Cup. (FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP) Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe Tottenham star Aurier's brother shot & killed outside French nightclub Christopher Aurier was fatally wounded during the early hours of Monday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach Christopher Aurier, the brother of defender Serge, has been shot and killed outside a French nightclub. The 26-year-old was fatally wounded in the early hours of Monday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach. Local residents in called police after discovering Aurier, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. French authorities have launched an investigation into who is responsible for the killing, with the guilty party reportedly still at large after fleeing the scene. Serge Aurier had been in Premier League action for Spurs a matter of hours before the incident occurred, with the 27-year-old taking in a north London derby date with. Tottenham have released a statement offering their condolences, which reads: "The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier's brother passed away in the early hours of this morning. "Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all." Christopher, like his brother, was a footballer and on the books at French fifth division side Toulouse Rodeo. He came close to beating Serge to a move to back in 2011, with a trial taken in at. Of that experience, he told reporters in 2017: "Brentford were in League One at the time. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time. "The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me: 'It's a shame you can't understand my instructions. I'd have signed you otherwise'." Christopher started out alongside Serge at RC Lens, but did not make a breakthrough at the highest level. He was a big supporter of his older sibling's career, with one member of the Aurier family going on to grace the very top of the game. Serge, after catching the eye at Lens, landed himself a move to Toulouse before eventually ending up at giants Paris Saint-German. From there, he signed for Tottenham in 2017 and has gone on to take in 80 appearances for the club. The most recent of those saw him play the full 90 minutes for Spurs as they secured a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Arsenal. Serge has also collected 62 caps for the and formed part of their title-winning squad at the 2015.