Kung-fu Evra

Olympique de Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off before Marseille’s Europa League match against Vitoria SC for kicking a supporter in the head.

The former Manchester United star was involved in a heated exchange with the travelling French fans in the pre-game warm up.

According to tweets from journalist in attendance, Evra was the victim of insults and chants from the Marseille fans, before the defender decided to retaliate.

Evra had been named on the bench for the game, but was still issued a red card, meaning Marseille had to start the game with six players on the bench.

Marseille manager Rudi Garcia revealed Evra had been taunted by fans but still criticised the defenders actions.

“Pat has experience and he must not react, it’s obvious,” Garcia told BeIN Sports.

“Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. 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.” “He must learn to keep his cool. That’s all I can say.”

Garcia did however blast the fan who taunted the 81-times capped French international.

“He’s not a supporter of Marseille, because you can’t insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us.”

The club will likely face a hefty fine from Uefa, while Evra will be looking at an extended stint on the sideline.

Evra will receive an automatic three-match ban for the red card, but will almost certainly receive a further suspension for the kick.

The incident draws comparisons to another kung-fu kicking French footballer.

In January 1995, Manchester United striker Eric Cantona launched a flying kick at a Crystal Palace supporter, who jeered him after he was sent off for a kick on opposition defender Richard Shaw.

As he walked off the field, Cantona launched a kung-fu kick on the Palace supporter, who had directed insults towards the hot-headed Frenchman.

Cantona was handed an eight-month suspension from all football and had to complete 120 hours of community service.

In 2008 Evra was handed a four-match ban and fined $25,000, following a clash with Chelsea groundsman Sam Bethell as Manchester United warmed down after a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Evra was found guilty of pushing Bethell with his chest and then striking him on the side of the head.

In December 2011, Evra accused Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of racial abuse, which resulted in the Uruguayan being banned for eight games and hit with a $68,000 fine.

The pair then clashed three months later when the Liverpool striker refused to handshake the Frenchman.

Uefa are expected to confirm they are investigating the incident involving Evra.



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