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Patrice Evra charged with violent conduct for kicking fan during warm-up

Patrice Evra got into a verbal argument with Marseille supporters who scaled barriers to confront the team before the match against Portuguese club Vitoria.

football Updated: Nov 03, 2017 18:18 IST
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Marseille defender Patrice Evra (C) is escorted off the pitch by teammates Rolando and Doria (R) after the argument with a fan.(AF)

UEFA has charged Marseille defender Patrice Evra with violent conduct for kicking a fan and says he will be banned for at least one game.

European football’s governing body says its disciplinary body will meet on November 10 to rule on the incident, which occurred before a Europa League game on Thursday.

Evra got into a verbal argument with Marseille supporters who scaled barriers to confront the team before the match against Portuguese club Vitoria.

Evra was seen aiming a kick at the head of one of his own club’s fans and then being ushered away by a teammate before being sent off. Evra was due to be on the bench as a substitute.

Patrice Evra (C) leaves the pitch after an incident with Marseille supporters. (AFP)

Olympique de Marseille have opened an internal investigation into the scuffle which took place before the Europa League game at Guimaraes in Portugal, the Ligue 1 club said on Friday.

“Olympique de Marseille has noted the altercation between an individual and Patrice Evra during the warm-up at the game against Guimaraes (on Thursday),” a club statement read.

“An internal investigation has been opened to establish responsibilities.”

Video footage showed a Marseille player aiming a kick at a group of fans during a scuffle behind one of the goals but the club did not mention the kick.

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France fullback Evra has been regularly targeted by Marseille fans since joining from Juventus during the close season and his poor performances have led coach Rudi Garcia to drop him from the starting line-up.

“Pat has experience and he must not react. It’s obvious,” Garcia said.

“Patrice is more than experienced and we can’t respond, obviously, to insults as low as they might be and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.”

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 16:51 IST