Patrice Evra Sacked By Marseille, Banned By UEFA For Kung-fu Kick On Supporter


Manchester United Left full back, Patrice Evra‘s contract has been
terminated by Olympique de Marseille after he was banned until June 2018
for kung-fu kicking a fan.

The former France captain
was sent off before Marseille’s Europa League defeat against Vitoria on
November 2 after lashing out at a supporter who Evra claimed was abusing

charged Evra under article 15 of their disciplinary regulations, which
deals with the misconduct of players, banning him from their club
competitions until June.

And Marseille quickly followed news of his suspension by terminating his contract with immediate effect.

A statement published on Marseille’s website read:

“Patrice Evra has been exemplary on the field and in the locker room.
He played an important role in reviving the team and in the improvement
of results.

    “However, on November 2 in Guimaraes he
committed an irreparable act by responding to provocations from a
handful of individuals.

    “Nothing justified such a
reaction, especially from a senior player whose attitude both on and off
the pitch should inspire the youngest of us.

that context, the conditions were no longer right for Patrice Evra to
accomplish his mission here with serenity or, above all, effectively.

    “Both parties agreed to end the collaboration by mutual consent.

“This incident also highlighted the unacceptable attitude of a small
number of people who uttered insults and threats of violence towards the
player and his family before contemptuously invading the pitch.

“Such behaviour, which exposes the club to sanctions, has no place in
the stands of a football stadium and at Marseille in particular.”

president Jacques-Henri Eyraud added: “Today, there is sadness. For
Patrice Evra first, who obviously understood all the consequences of his
action and who will no longer be able to exercise his passion at
Olympique de Marseille.

“Also for Marseille fans, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them.”

American owner Frank McCourt had described Evra’s behaviour as
“unacceptable” and “not something that we can tolerate”, while fans held
up a giant banner before last Sunday’s game against Caen saying: “We
don’t want you in our colours anymore. Evra get lost.”

Marseille have also been fined €25,000 by UEFA for their supporters invading the pitch, setting off fireworks and acts of damage.