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Tottenham defender Serge Aurier has taken to Instagram to apologise for his sending off against Southampton on Saturday.

Aurier returned to the starting line-up after sitting out Spurs’ shock defeat at Colchester United in midweek, but was unable to continue where he left off against Leicester City and Crystal Palace in his previous two performances, showing his bad side that has been seen far too often since he joined the club from PSG in the summer of 2017.

The 26-year-old, who grabbed two assist in his first appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Palace earlier this month, was firstly booked for a needless tackle on Sofiane Boufal. Remarkably, less than four minutes later the Ivory Coast defender was booked again for pulling Ryan Bertrand and was therefore sent off for the second time in his Tottenham career.

Aurier will be available for Spurs’ Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but will be suspended for their Premier League trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday lunchtime, possibly opening the door for the returning Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back.

Luckily for Aurier, Tottenham held on for the three points, but nevertheless, he apologised to the fans on Instagram with a heartfelt message.

He said: “Sorry for giving up the team at an important moment, but happy with the victory and the work of the guys thanks for this important victory at home on Tuesday for another fight👊🏾 @championsleague @ndombele_22 OPP🤭 (on parle pas) !! 🤷🏾‍♂️😂 la var a dit la vérité 🙃🙃.”

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