A suspect in the shooting of Tottenham footballer Serge Aurier’s brother has handed himself into French police.
Christopher Aurier, the younger brother of the Spurs and Ivory Coast defender, was shot dead on Monday morning in an alleged ‘love dispute’.
A man turned himself into police in Toulouse, where the incident occurred, on Tuesday evening. The suspect cannot be named because of French privacy laws.
French outlet L’Equipe reports he is being held after admitting to the murder of the 26-year-old.
Christopher was reportedly shot in the stomach before the shooter fled the scene. French outlet La Depeche reports that the incident may have arisen due to a ‘love dispute’.
He was pronounced dead at Toulouse University Hospital on Monday after the shooting happened outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile, French newspaper Sud Ouest quoted a police source who said the suspect handed himself in at around 6pm on Tuesday at the central police station in Toulouse and admitted to the murder.
Police have also been quoted as saying Christopher – who played for fifth division amateur side Toulouse Rodeo – was ‘unfavourably known to the judiciary.’
Tottenham face Newcastle in the Premier League tonight and will let Aurier decide whether or not he plays.
The Ivory Coast international has started 23 of Spurs’ 25 Premier League matches since Jose Mourinho took charge.
But Mourinho is putting no pressure on the full-back to make himself available and insists the priority is to ensure the player gets all the support he needs.
Mourinho said: “In this moment, what myself and other people in the club spoke with him is just about supporting a person who has a tragic family moment.
“Apart from that, it’s just him, his feelings, his way of reacting. Every person is different. Sometimes with similar feelings, people react in a different way. So we’re going to respect 100 per cent Serge’s decisions.
“No pressure from us. This afternoon, before or after training, we’ll have a better idea of what he wants to do.”