Tottenham defender Serge Aurier's brother 'shot dead' in France
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Tottenham defender Serge Aurier's brother 'shot dead' in France

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier's brother has been reportedly shot dead in the early hours of Monday morning, French media reports.

Spurs confirmed the death in a statement released on Monday mid-morning and asked the public to respect the Ivorian's privacy. 

The statement read: “The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected.

“Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all.”

Aurier played the full 90 minutes during Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, which lifted Spurs above their north London rivals.

Reports surfaced in the early hours of Monday that Aurier’s brother had died after his body was reported to have been found in Toulouse.

Spurs are next in Premier League action on Wednesday when they take on Newcastle at St James Park.