Olympique Marseille Sack Patrice Evra After Kung-fu Kick
Former France international defender, Patrice Evra, has been sacked by Olympique Marseille after being suspended seven months from Uefa competitions for kicking one of his own supporters before a Europa League match.
Evra, 36, is banned until June 2018 and would have been ruled out of Marseille’s two group games and the knockout stage if they progressed.
In addition to his suspension, the former Manchester United full-back was fined 10,000 euros (£8,829) for his now infamous kick that’s sparked outrage across Europe.
In stunning scenes before Marseilles took on Portuguese outfit, Vitoria Guimaraes, on November 2, Evra aimed a flying kick at a fan as he and his teammates warmed up.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT | Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra mutually agree to end their collaboration. pic.twitter.com/wnP82pfRpm
— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) November 10, 2017
The left-back lost his cool after a group of travelling Marseille fans started to hurl insults at him from the stands.
He lounged at some of the fans who came close to the advertising boards, sparking a melee between the players and other fans.
It was during the scuffle that the veteran defender escaped the attention of his team-mates by darting around their backs before launching his attack.
An enraged Evra aimed a kung-fu kick which appeared to connect with the side of the head of one of the fans as the tensions blew up.
It marked a tipping point for Evra at the Velodrome, as the club’s supporters reacted angrily during the next home game, flying a number of banners calling on the full-back to leave the club.
Evra joined the Ligue 1 side less than a year ago from Italian giants Juventus, and may now call time on his career that saw him represent Les Blues at both the World Cup and European Championship.
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