Marseille defender Patrice Evra was involved in a shocking turn of events before last night’s Europa League clash against Vitoria Guimaraes. The 36-year-old was caught delivering a Cantona-style kick on the head of a fan of his own club, and was thus sent off even before kick-off.
As a result, Marseille, who eventually lost the game 1-0, had to start off the game with six substitutes instead of seven, and furthermore, were reduced to ten men in the 86th minute, when Boubacar Kamara was shown a second yellow card.
However, Evra wasn’t exactly done for the evening following the controversial incident, as he was later spotted posing for selfies with Vitoria fans in the stands, as per Sport Bible.
Meanwhile, the latest report from L’Equipe (via BBC Sport) claimed that the brawl resulted after ‘Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game’. It was reported that the Frenchman went over to talk to the fans, but ‘the situation escalated’.
UEFA, for now, has charged the 36-year-old with violent conduct, and has slapped a suspension for ‘at least one game’. Any further charges, which are likely to be levied, would be decided on 10th November, when UEFA’s disciplinary body discusses the case.
The veteran defender has now become the first ever player in the history of Europa League to be sent off before the game, but seeing his latest uploads – with Vitoria supporters – it appears that the ex-United star enjoyed the clash from the stands.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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