Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off even before his side’s Europa League clash against Vitória SC started, for aiming a brutal kick at one of his club’s supporters.
Evra was named as a substitute in the away clash, but his rage got the better of him when a supporter seemed to have provoked him during the warmup session.
The 36-year-old now faces almost certain sanction by Uefa, following scenes reminiscent of Eric Cantona’s kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park in 1995. Referee Tamas Borgan didn’t hesitate to show Evra a red card, leaving Marseille manager Rudi García with just six substitutes to choose from for the game.
Video footage clearly demonstrated Evra aiming the kick at the Marseille fan over the advertising hoardings at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes. He was immediately ushered away by a team-mate.
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The left-back created history by becoming the first player to be sent off from a Europa League match even before its kick-off. Marseille, who also had Boubacar Kamara dismissed during the match, eventually went down 1-0.
Marseille boss Rudi Garcia later criticized the Frenchman for his actions, by stating: “Pat has experience and he must not react. Patrice is a more than experienced player and we cannot respond to insults so low and so incredible because they come from one of our supporters.”
The defender has struggled to find a place in the starting line-up at his new club since moving from Juventus last summer.
Written by Himangshu Das
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