Patrice Evra has been banned from European club football until June 2018 for aiming a kick at one of his own team’s fans.
The former Manchester United defender’s contract with his club, Marseille, has been terminated after they mutually agreed to “end their working relationship” after UEFA imposed a seven-month ban.
The 36-year-old was sent off before the start of a Europa League tie in Portugal earlier this month for appearing to kick a Marseille supporter who had apparently verbally abused him.
The 36-year-old was one of Marseille’s substitutes for the match at Vitoria Guimaraes, but appeared to get into an altercation with some of his own team’s fans as he walked along the touchline with team-mates prior to kick off.
Video showed him appearing to aim a kick at one of several Marseille supporters who had seemingly scaled barriers to reach the advertising hoardings.
UEFA banned the full-back from all European club football until 30 June and fined him €10,000 (£8,825).
Marseille, who were fined €25,000 (£22,000) for a pitch invasion by fans, criticised both player and supporters who, it claimed, insulted Evra.
In a statement on its website, the club said Evra “committed an irreparable act by responding to provocations from a handful of individuals. Nothing justified such a reaction, especially from a senior player.
“In that context…both parties agreed to end the collaboration by mutual consent.
“This incident also highlighted the unacceptable attitude of a small number of people who uttered insults and threats of violence towards the player and his family before contemptuously invading the pitch.
“Such behaviour, which exposes the club to sanctions, has no place in the stands of a football stadium and at Marseille in particular,” it said.
The incident carried echoes of Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘kung-fu’ kick on a Crystal Palace fan in 1995.
Published at Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:57:33 +0000