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Paris Saint-Germain's Aurier attends disciplinary hearing

Paris Saint-Germain's Aurier attends disciplinary hearing
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Suspended Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier attended a disciplinary hearing on Monday as he waits to discover his punishment for insulting coach Laurent Blanc in a video on social media.

"The player answered questions related to his comments on a social network, on the night of February 13-14, comments that were clearly condemned by the club and that led to him being immediately called to a disciplinary hearing by the club as well as being suspended until further notice," read a statement issued by PSG on Monday afternoon.

However, the French champions refused to say when any punishment would be made known.

Aurier appeared in a video on the social media site Periscope in which he directed homophobic insults at Blanc and also appeared to insult several team-mates.

Reports in France have suggested that the Ivory Coast international defender may not play for PSG again and that the club will look to sell him in the summer for a cut-price fee.

The 23-year-old Aurier has been training on his own in the Swiss city of Geneva, where his agent Stephane Courbis is based, according to Le Parisien.

Aurier could be sacked by PSG but his cause has been helped in recent days by team-mate Blaise Matuidi, who said at the weekend that the Ligue 1 club "need him, whether it be on the field or off it."

And on Monday the African division of players' union FIFPro called for PSG to avoid dishing out an excessive punishment.

"While preserving the image of the club and marking the authority of the directors and coach...the future of Serge Aurier, as a player and as a man, should not be compromised, just because he forgot for two or three minutes that he had obligations towards his coach and his team-mates," they said in a statement.

An Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Ivory Coast last year, Aurier joined Paris on an initial loan deal from Toulouse in 2014, with the move made permanent last summer.