Serge Aurier: Ivorian cleared over throat slit gesture

Serge Aurier
Aurier has been capped 31 times by IvoryCoast

Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier will face no charges from Fifa after appearing to make a throat-slitting gesture to supporters.

Aurier, 23, celebrated an Ivory Coast goal in the 3-1 win over Mali in October by turning to the crowd and dragging his hand across his throat.

A Fifa spokesman told BBC Sport: "We can confirm that no sanction was imposed by the Disciplinary Committee."

In the same game, Aurier "saved the life" of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia.

After Doumbia was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Sunderland's Lamine Kone, Aurier intervened to stop the Rostov player swallowing his tongue.

Aurier, who plays his club football for French side Paris St-Germain, has been involved in a string of controversial incidents.

In September, he was sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer, but remains free pending an appeal.

And in February, he was suspended by PSG after appearing to use homophobic language to insult then-coach Laurent Blanc.

He had also called team-mate Angel di Maria a "clown" while answering questions from fans on social media app Periscope.