Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier insists that his bad boy reputation is unfair and believes that his image has been tarnished by people who want to bring him down.
A series of unsavoury incidents on and off the pitch have led to Cote d'Ivoire full-back Aurier being considered among the more controversial African players in the game today, but the wideman believes that he is mentally strong enough to deal with whatever comes his way.
"I'm someone who is very strong mentally," the defender...
Wilfried Zaha's representative has dismissed England boss Gareth Southgate's claim there was "a disappearing egg timer on him going to the Ivory Coast."
Crystal Palace winger Zaha, 24, made two friendly appearances for England in 2012 and 2013 before switching allegiance to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, in time for January's African Nations Cup.
Southgate was made caretaker England manager in September but said Zaha had "already made his mind up to go across to the Ivory Coast" by...
Gareth Southgate had not appreciated Wilfried Zaha's international future was on a "disappearing egg timer," but the England manager is only interested in players desperate to represent the country.
Frustration at a lack of opportunities and continued interest from the Ivory Coast came to a head in late November as the Crystal Palace winger switched allegiance.
Zaha had made two senior appearances for England but the fact both came in friendlies allowed the winger to instead represent his country...
A friendly between Ivory Coast and Senegal was abandoned in the 88th minute on Monday after dozens of people invaded the pitch.
The game at the Charlety Stadium in Paris was level at 1-1 when a group was seen climbing over fences to enter the ground.
Trouble began in the stands before spilling onto the pitch, where Senegal's Lamine Gassama was tackled to the ground.
Referee Tony Chapron told the players to return to their dressing rooms before officially calling off the game.