France Star Patrice Evra At The Center Of The Strom After Kicking Fan in the Face

France Star Patrice Evra At The Center Of The Strom After Kicking Fan in the Face
France Star Patrice Evra At The Center Of The Strom After Kicking Fan in the Face

France Star Patrice Evra At The Center Of The Strom After Kicking Fan in the Face

France defender Patrice Evra is at the centre of a storm after he was sent off before Marseille’s game at Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday, for kicking a supporter in the head.

The incident occurred after a heated exchange with the travelling Marseilles fans, with those in attendance saying Evra had been the victim of singing and insults for around half an hour as they prepared for the game.

And just before heading back to the dressing-room, the former Manchester United star vaulted over advertising boards and hit one of the fans who had sprinted towards him before he was pulled away by team-mates, Sun writes.

A number of the Marseille players then attempted to defuse the situation before Evra darted around to the side of the group and swung a high left kick at one of the fans – leading to furious scenes near the sidelines.

It was a move reminiscent of United legend Eric Cantona’s kick back in 1995 that stunned the world.

The Ligue 1 club could now face a hefty fine by Uefa while Evra – who was named on the bench – is definitely looking at an extended suspension after the automatic three-match ban for the red card he collected.

Marseille manager Rudi Garcia said: “Patrice, given his experience, must not respond to provocations. What must also be said is that the supporter in question is not a supporter of OM.

“When we are, we do not insult one of his players. But once again, Pat has experience and he should not have reacted. I found myself with one less solution (from the bench).”

Evra, 36, has faced harsh criticisms at the Velodrome this season after losing his first team place to ex-Aston Villa man Jordan Amavi.

The Marseilles fans have also expressed concerns over the offbeat videos that he regularly posts on social media.

Evra has been in hot water before over losing his temper after he was handed a four-match ban and fined £15,000 for a clash with Chelsea groundsman during a warm down after a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge back in 2008.

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