Patrice Evra Sacked, Gets 7 Months UEFA Ban

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Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra ended his career with Marseille on Friday after his infamous karate kick on one of his own fans, the French giants announced.

Marseille said they and the 36-year-old had both agreed that the former Manchester United and French international would leave by “mutual consent”.

Just moments earlier, Evra was banned by UEFA from all European tournaments until June 30, 2018 and fined 10,000 euros.

Evra was widely condemned for the assault on a Marseille spectator which took place during the pre-match warm-up of a Europa League tie at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes last week.

The France defender joined Marseille in January 2017 from Juventus, where he had spent three seasons following his departure from Old Trafford.

“By mutual agreement, Marseille and Evra have decided to put an end to their partnership,” said a club statement. “The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect.”

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game with Vitoria Guimaraes, which the Ligue 1 side lost 1-0.

The player had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated.

Evra, who was named as a substitute for the game, was dismissed before kick-off so Marseille were able to begin the match with 11 players.

During their Ligue 1 win over Caen on 5 November, some Marseille fans unfurled a banner that read: “You thought you were above the institution OM and its supporters. We don’t want you wearing our colours. Evra get out.”

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