Marseille's Patrice Evra sent off for karate kick on fan

Beth Cruz
November 4, 2017

Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off in his club's Europa League match against Vitoria this morning after kicking one of his own fans in the head.

Stewards swiftly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was listed as a substitute for the game, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee.

The final straw for Evra, according to the BBC, which cites a French report, was when the fan, who appeared to be one of a group that breached the stands to reach the advertising boards, told Evra, an avid social media user, to "keep doing your (online) videos, but stop playing football".

L'Equipe then compare Evra's incident to Eric Cantona's infamous "kung-fu" kick, when he was banned for seven months in 1995.

In a statement released afterwards, Marseille said: "Olympique de Marseille has noted the altercation between an individual and Patrice EVRA in the warm-up of players during the match against Guimaraes".

Evra is nearly certain to face a more severe sanction from UEFA following scenes reminiscent of Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park in 1995.

"An internal investigation was carried out to establish all responsible".

"No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be".

Marseille boss Rudi Garcia revealed afterwards Evra had reacted to taunts from the fans, but still criticised his actions.

Garcia also blamed the victim of Evra's karate kick, claiming he is not a true fan of the club after continuously insulting their own players.

The 36-year-old Frenchman, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2009, angrily remonstrated with his aggressors, and as the exchanges grew more heated he was joined on the touchline by some of his teammates.

Garcia added: "He is not a supporter of OM, because you can not insult your own players, you have to be behind everyone".

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