Marseille followers have instructed Patrice Evra he’s now not welcome on the membership after the defender kicked a supporter within the head.
Evra was suspended by Marseille on Friday, a day after he confronted a fan and aimed a kick at his head forward of a Europa League recreation at Portuguese aspect Vitoria Guimaraes. Evra, who appeared to make gentle contact together with his foot, had shortly earlier than aimed a punch on the similar supporter.
Followers held aloft two banners criticising Evra earlier than Sunday’s Ligue 1 match in opposition to Caen at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.
“This Sport Is Over,” learn one banner in English, mocking Evra’s common posts on social media the place he movies himself speaking about soccer and says “I like this recreation” as he breaks into laughter.
Two different banners, written in French, declared “You thought you have been larger than the membership and the followers.We do not need you in our colors. Evra get out!,”and “Love for the jersey. Respect for supporters. Professionalism. Is that an excessive amount of to ask?”
Different followers chanted in opposition to Evra through the recreation in opposition to Caen, which Marseille received 5-Zero.
Thursday’s incident induced many different Marseille followers to come back down from the stands to try to confront Evra, who was then led away by a teammate. Because the gamers have been warming up earlier than the match, Evra had moved away from the sphere and towards the away part of Marseille followers the place an argument started after which escalated.
The 36-year-old Evra is a controversial and infrequently unpopular determine in French soccer. He was the captain when France went on strike at coaching through the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in protest after teammate Nicolas Anelka was despatched dwelling. He was given a five-match ban by the French Soccer Federation.
The response this time spherical was intense, with former nationwide crew gamers and tv pundits roundly condemning him.
UEFA mentioned Friday that Evra can be banned for at the least one recreation. Its disciplinary physique will meet subsequent Friday to rule on the incident. He additionally faces additional sanctions from Marseille, who’ve opened an inside investigation.
Though Marseille mentioned they accepted Evra obtained some “hateful insults” from a gaggle of followers, the membership mentioned he might on no account “reply in such an inappropriate method.”
Evra’s temperament has been a difficulty previously. He has clashed verbally with former gamers — particularly Lilian Thuram and Christophe Dugarry — and with tv pundits, typically mocking a few of them with invented names as a pun on their names.
The left-back’s 81st and final look for France was a 12 months in the past in a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Sweden.
Earlier this season, Evra was closely criticised in some sections of the media, together with by Dugarry, for filming himself providing a bag of meals to a homeless particular person on Marseille’s streets and posting a message asking others what they have been doing to assist.