Evra suspended after scuffle with home fan, to be disciplined

Esther Moore
November 4, 2017

Marseille defender Patrice Evra suffered the indignity of getting a red card before his team's game even started on Thursday, and for the dumbest reason - kicking a fan.

During warm-ups, Evra was involved in an argument with some of Marseille's own travelling fans who were singing negative chants aimed at him.

The former Manchester United star was preparing for his side's group stage tie with team-mates in the Portuguese town when they were confronted pitch-side by a large number of Marseille fans.

According to reports from those on the scene in Portugal, Marseille fans had been heckling Evra during pregame warmups for a good half hour.

Some say this incident could spell the end of Evra's storied career, however, including ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, who compared the incident to when Zinedine Zidane was sent off during the 2006 World Cup final for head-butting a player.

"Additionally, the early results of an internal investigation conducted by the club have revealed the unacceptable behaviour shown by a handful of provocative people slewing heinous insults particularly serious towards the player while he and his teammates prepared for an important match".

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"Patrice is a more than experienced player and we can not respond to insults so low and so incredible because they come from one of our supporters".

He was ushered away by his team-mates soon after the incident but he will now face nearly certain sanction by UEFA.

"Pat has experience, and he must not react".

Cantona received a whopping nine-month ban from the FA for his kung-fu kick incident more than 20 years ago at Old Trafford.

"At all times, a professional player must keep his cool in the face of provocations and insults, no matter how harsh or unjustified", Marseille said in a statement.

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