Evra vows to re­turn ‘stronger than ever’

The Phnom Penh Post - - FOOTBALL -

PA­TRICE Evra has vowed to come back “stronger than ever” in his first pub­lic mes­sage since leav­ing Mar­seille and be­ing hit with a sea­son-long Euro­pean foot­ball ban for kung-fu kick­ing a sup­porter. Evra, who was sent off af­ter at­tack­ing the Mar­seille fan ahead of the Ligue 1 side’s 1-0 Europa League de­feat to Vi­to­ria Guimaraes on Novem­ber 2, made the prom­ise while pulling a Jeep in a light-hearted In­sta­gram post filmed in Dubai by for­mer Arse­nal and Chelsea striker Ni­co­las Anelka, who Evra nick­named “Spiel­berg” in the post. “I swear to God I will come back stronger than ever,” said the for­mer France and Manch­ester United left-back. “Some­times [in] life you can feel re­ally heavy but you al­ways have to keep smil­ing, and of course keep lov­ing this game.” The 36-year-old’s ban only ap­plies to UEFA club com­pe­ti­tions, mean­ing that he could still play in a do­mes­tic league should a club ap­proach him.

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