Marseille confirm 'immediate layoff' for Evra after clash with fans

Marseille confirm 'immediate layoff' for Evra after clash with fans

Patrice Evra was sent off before kick-off in Marseille's Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes, after appearing to kick a Marseille supporter as players clashed with fans.

Video footage showed Evra aiming the kick at the Marseille fan as visiting players and supporters confronted each other at the side of the pitch.

Some say this incident could spell the end of Evra's storied career, however, including ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, who compared the incident to when Zinedine Zidane was sent off during the 2006 World Cup final for head-butting a player.

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".

No doubt we'll see a statement from Evra in the next few hours but only time will tell what repercussions he will face for the act.

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The 36-year-old was named as a substitute for the game, meaning that Marseille could start with the full complement of 11.

"In all cases a professional player must keep his cool in the face of provocations and insults as hard and unjustified as they are".

It's unknown exactly what the nature of the jibes from the crowd were, but UEFA's disciplinary body is expected to make their own inquiry into the incident on Saturday (NZT).

Pat has experience and he must not react, it's obvious. "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".

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