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Patrice Evra: Marseille defender sent off for kicking fan during warm-up

Marseille player Patrice Evra was sent off after kicking one of his team's fans in the head before the Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes.

Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up.

Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players.

Governing body Uefa has charged Evra with violent conduct.

The full-back has been suspended for "at least one game", with Uefa's disciplinary body to decide the case on 10 November.

Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and "acts of damages".

French newspaper L'Equipeexternal-link reported Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game, which the French side lost 1-0.

The player had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated.

French football journalist Julien Laurens said Evra - who regularly posts light-hearted videos on social media - was insulted and also told: "Keep doing your videos, but stop playing football."

This is how French newspaper L'Equipe reported the incident

Marseille begin investigation

Marseille said on Friday that they had begun an investigation into the incident.

"No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be," the club said in a statement.

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said after the match: "Pat has experience, and he must not react, it's obvious.

"Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. You can't respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.

"He must learn to keep his cool. That's all I can say."

Garcia also criticised the fan, saying: "He's not a supporter of Marseille, because you can't insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us."

Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during eight years at Manchester United, joined Marseille from Juventus in January but has made only two appearances this season.

Thursday's incident evoked memories of Eric Cantona's infamous "kung-fu kick" during Manchester United's match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in January 1995.

The Frenchman was banned for nine months by the Football Association for the incident, which took place as he left the pitch after being sent off.

Eric Cantona kung fu kicks Matthew Simmons
Cantona never attempted to defend his actions despite being banned for nine months

'He will now leave Marseille - but won't retire'

Evra has no future at Marseille after the incident but won't retire from football, according to his former Manchester United team-mate Mikael Silvestre.

"It was shocking from Patrice. When you know what character he is, very peaceful, he's not that type of person," the former France defender said.

"You have to assess circumstances and what was said, but he should rise above any insults.

"A long suspension will now come from Uefa and Marseille. He won't escape it, but I don't think this is the end of his career.

"He has shown many times how strong mentally he has been. It is a difficult time, but if he wants to bounce back I am sure he could still play.

"I would say that for Marseille and from the fans' and the owner's standpoint it is difficult to see him continue there, maybe one chance out of one hundred. He will most likely move on."

How it happened

  • Named as a substitute, Evra begins warming up with his team-mates before the game
  • The former Manchester United left-back appears to be the target of songs and abuse from the crowd for about 30 minutes
  • Evra approaches the Marseille fans, about 500 of whom had travelled to Guimaraes
  • He volleys a ball towards the crowd, but some of his team-mates come over and look to calm the defender down
  • Evra climbs over the billboards and looks to confront spectators who have come towards the front of the stand
  • The 36-year-old returns to the pitch, but a group of fans approach the billboards and Evra appears to kick one of them
  • Evra is led away to the substitutes' bench, but is sent off by the referee and watches the game from the stands


Julien Laurens, French football expert

It is really sad. Patrice Evra is 36, he has got two children. He has played five Champions League finals, a Euro final, won lots of titles and this is probably the last few weeks of his career - it is really sad this is how he is going to end.

You shouldn't abuse your own player - the abuse from the fans was targeted only at Patrice Evra - but Evra should never have responded the way he did.

It has been really tough for him since the beginning of the season. He lost his place in the team, he has been really poor every time he played, and I think he just couldn't take the jeers, the abuse.

There were a lot of insults, but the fans were also saying stuff like: "You're rubbish, go home. Keep doing your videos, but stop playing football."

You can be critical, but the way they insulted him and his family - that doesn't justify his reaction, but you can see why he got frustrated.

He is 100%. He says things like they are, he reacts the way they are. He says there are no fibs with him, so you get it as he says it or as he does it. Sometimes he should think a bit more.


Vitória Guimarães

Formation 4-3-3

  • 56Macedo Silva
  • 20Coimbra AurélioSubstituted forGarcíaat 83'minutes
  • 33Rocha Mendes
  • 4Costa Valente
  • 53Konan
  • 7Neto RamosBooked at 90mins
  • 25Wakaso
  • 16HurtadoBooked at 15minsSubstituted forda Cunha Teixeiraat 89'minutes
  • 10Almeida Ramos
  • 99Martins de Souza
  • 11RaphinhaSubstituted forCastro Ferreiraat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 6da Cunha Teixeira
  • 15García
  • 22Castro Ferreira
  • 36Fernandes de Oliveira
  • 71Santos Sturgeon
  • 91Texeira
  • 93Celis


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Mandanda
  • 17Sarr
  • 23Rami
  • 13Abdennour
  • 18AmaviBooked at 8mins
  • 4KamaraBooked at 86mins
  • 19DiasSubstituted forMitroglouat 83'minutes
  • 27LopezSubstituted forH Sakaiat 76'minutes
  • 28Germain
  • 8Sanson
  • 14N'JieSubstituted forThauvinat 67'minutes


  • 2H Sakai
  • 6Pires da Fonseca
  • 11Mitroglou
  • 16Pelé
  • 21Evra
  • 26Thauvin
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
Tamás Bognar

Match Stats

Home TeamVitória GuimarãesAway TeamMarseille
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Vitória Guimarães 1, Marseille 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Vitória Guimarães 1, Marseille 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Hiroki Sakai (Marseille).

  4. Post update

    Hélder Ferreira (Vitória Guimarães) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Aymen Abdennour (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rafael Martins (Vitória Guimarães).

  7. Booking

    Chico Ramos (Vitória Guimarães) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Valère Germain (Marseille).

  9. Post update

    Chico Ramos (Vitória Guimarães) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Booking

    Hélder Ferreira (Vitória Guimarães) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Vitória Guimarães. Rafael Martins tries a through ball, but Hélder Ferreira is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Vitória Guimarães. Moreno replaces Paolo Hurtado.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Chico Ramos (Vitória Guimarães) because of an injury.

  15. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Boubacar Kamara (Marseille) for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Boubacar Kamara (Marseille).

  17. Post update

    Chico Ramos (Vitória Guimarães) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Chico Ramos (Vitória Guimarães) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Sanson (Marseille).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 2nd November 2017

As It Stood


2FC Astana42117437
3Slavia Prague412145-15
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv401306-61


1Dynamo Kyiv431095410
2Partizan Belgrade41215415
3Young Boys403145-13


2Sporting Braga42115507
4Istanbul Basaksehir402236-32


1AC Milan42208358
2AEK Athens41304316
3Austria Vienna4112811-34
4HNK Rijeka4103710-33


3Apollon Limassol403157-23


1FC Copenhagen41304136
2Sheriff Tiraspol41303216
3Lokomotiv Moscow41215325


1Steaua Bucharest431083510
2Viktoria Plzen42029816
3Hapoel Be'er Sheva411257-24


2Red Star Belgrade41212205
3BATE Borisov4112610-44


1RB Salzburg42204138
4Vitória Guimarães411245-14


1Östersunds FK42115327
2Zorya Luhansk420235-26
3Ath Bilbao41213305
4Hertha Berlin41123304


3SV Zulte Waregem411248-44


1Zenit St Petersburg4310123910
2Real Sociedad4301143119
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