Patrice Evra’s Instagram is one that is renowned for entertaining and positive posts, with the former Man Utd defender always appearing in a bright and chirpy mood.
However, after an important development on Friday, that might not continue to be the case.
UEFA has handed the 36-year-old a seven-month ban and a further fine. This was done as a direct consequence of the Frenchman kicking a fan in the face prior to the kick-off of the UEFA Europa League encounter between Marseille and Vitoria last week.
The official statement read: “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has decided to suspend the Olympique de Marseille player Patrice Evra until 30 June 2018 from all UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible. In addition, the player has been fined €10,000.”
In addition, the Ligue 1 club has also been fined a sum of €25,000, and reportedly “ordered to contact Vitoria SC within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters.”
Further, the club decided to terminate Evra’s contract, and revealed in an online statement: “By mutual agreement, Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra decided to end their collaboration. The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect.”
Moreover, the behavior was put down by club owner Frank McCourt, who told La Provence: “This was unacceptable behavior, from both the player and the supporters. It’s not something that we can tolerate at Marseille, it’s as simple as that. It’s a very regrettable incident and it is really a pity to see a great player like Patrice pushed to a point where he behaves like that.”
Considering his advanced age, this could potentially mean the end of Evra’s illustrious career. It would indeed be a big shame if that is the case, as his days with both United and Juventus can be lauded amongst the finest any player has enjoyed.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.