Marseille Player Boots Fan

Patrice Evra, a player for Marseille, was given a one-match suspension after kicking a fan in the face during his teams’ Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes.

Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United player aiming a kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during a warm-up. Evra was named as a substitute and was dismissed before the game began, causing the Marseille team to be down one player. UEFA has charged Evra with violent conduct. Understandable, given the fact he high kicked one of his own fans in the face.

Marseille was charged with a field invasion by fans, who set off fireworks and ‘acts of damages’. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that supporters had been jeering Evra for half an hour during pre-game warm-ups. The French side lost 1-0.

Coach Rudi Garcia said:

‘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.’

While the fans shouldn’t have jeered him on, the fact that he retaliated only fuelled that situation. It’s unfortunate to see such a good player damage his career like this given that Evra has played in five Champions League finals and a Euro final.