Serge Aurier starts for Tottenham against Newcastle just 48 hours after the death of his brother Christophe shot outside a nightclub in France
- Serge Aurier was named in the starting line-up for Tottenham’s trip to Newcastle
- It comes just two days after his brother Christophe was shot dead in France
- Christophe was murdered at a nightclub in Toulouse at 5am at 5am on Monday
- A man is said to be in custody for murdering Serge Aurier’s brother
Serge Aurier has been named in Tottenham’s starting XI for their trip to Newcastle United – just two days after his brother was killed in a shooting in France.
26-year-old Christophe Aurier was shot outside a nightclub in Toulouse on Monday morning at 5 a.m. before he was pronounced dead in the hospital.
A suspect in the murder reportedly reported to the police, according to French outlet L’Equipe, who claimed to have ‘confessed to killing the victim’.
Serge Aurier was named in the Tottenham starting line-up against Newcastle
The right back was reportedly given the choice of playing in St James’ Park
It comes two days after his brother Christopher, 26, was murdered after a shooting in Toulouse
It was questioned whether Aurier would continue to play for Tottenham for the rest of the Premier League restart during a traumatic time for him and his family, but the right back has been chosen on Jose Mourinho’s team to play at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said that while Aurier has had his critics since joining the club, there cannot be any questions about his character and he believes his teammates will give him all the support he needs and as his ‘family’ will occur.
“From a football perspective, me and other experts have been quite critical of Serge Aurier’s performance in recent weeks or since he arrived at Tottenham,” he told BT Sport.
Christopher is said to have been pronounced dead at the University Hospital in Toulouse
Pictured: Kin’s nightclub in the Thibaud area of Toulouse reportedly shooting Christopher Aurier
But the one thing you can’t question in this scenario is his character. I personally don’t know how I would react in that scenario.
“I would find it difficult to focus on football now, but as we know, that field is a form of escapism from your life and feelings, and his teammates will now be just like his family.
“You have to give him praise for putting himself in front of him in such a difficult time.”
The Telegraph reported that Mourinho would leave it to Aurier to decide if he wanted to be included in the Newcastle game.
Police were called to Toulouse in the early hours on Monday after residents found a man on the ground with a gunshot wound to his stomach outside Kin’s nightclub.
Jermaine Jenas says Aurier deserves immense credit for his decision to continue playing after the tragedy
It is claimed by another French point of sale, La Depeche, that the motive behind the incident may have been related to a “love dispute”.
Christopher was also a footballer in the French fifth division with Toulouse Rodeo. He had a trial with Championship side Brentford in 2011, but was not signed.
Like Serge, he joined RC Lens through the ranks, but did not reach the breakthrough at the highest level.
Christopher was “known to the police for petty crimes,” local media sources have said. He was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of an attack on a prostitute in Lille, northern France.
There was serious doubt whether Aurier would be in the right mood to play
In 2017, Lille police arrested him after a 20-year-old local sex worker alleged that two men stole her phone and credit card in December last year.
The two men are said to have threatened the woman in her flat with a fake gun and shed a tear when she refused to transfer money.
A Tottenham statement released earlier this week said: “The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother died in the early hours of the morning.
Everyone at the Club expresses their sincere condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with all of them. ‘