Patrice Evra: Marseille defender banned from Uefa club matches for seven months

Evra is escorted from the pitch after appearing to kick out at a Marseille fan

Evra has been punished for aiming a kick at a fan next to the pitch before the Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes earlier this month, as reported by BBC Sport.

It means Evra will be unable to compete in Uefa football matches until June 30 2018, and the star has also been suspended by his current employers, with showdown talks over his future yet to happen.

Evra lost his rag during the warm-up as a group of travelling Marseille fans started to hurl insults at him from the stands.

Interesting to see Evra has been band from UEFA matches for 7 months and Marseille have terminated his contract. He played an important role in the revival of the team, the significant improvement of its results, the revival of a high sporting ambition. However, nothing in the background and especially in the form, justified such a skid, especially from a senior player as experienced whose attitude on the ground and off should inspire the youngest. Both parties agreed and chose to discontinue their collaboration by mutual agreement.

Today, there is sadness.

"For Marseille fans then, who are stigmatized because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them".

Marseille's 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".

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