Patrice Evra sent off for 'aiming kick at Marseille fan'

Patrice Evra sent off for 'aiming kick at Marseille fan'

Patrice Evra was sent off before kick-off in Marseille's Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes, after appearing to kick a Marseille supporter as players clashed with fans.

Meanwhile, Marseille manager Rudi Garcia called for the 36-year-old left-back to control his emotions, per Sky Sports: "Patrice is a more than just an experienced player".

William claimed a stray shot from Evra then struck a fan on the head during the warm up and alleged Evra hurled insults after he was subjected to "vulgar" chants.

Evra signed an 18-month deal with Marseille in January, but has failed to perform to expectations.

"An internal investigation will be carried out to establish all responsible", it stated.

The confrontation was with a group of fans who had been jeering Evra for around half an hour, according to French publication L'Equipe.

Marseille moving so quickly to take action only underlines the seriousness of the situation Evra, who has also played for AS Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus, finds himself in.

Evra is nearly certain to face a more severe sanction from UEFA following scenes reminiscent of Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park in 1995. "It's obvious", Garcia said.

"The club is continuing its investigation and will use all the legal means at its disposal against individuals who, under the guise of their passion for OM, endanger their reputation by entering the field and insulting a player instead of supporting him".

Evra wasn't named in the starting lineup but was to be on the substitutes bench.

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