EVRA VOWS TO RE­TURN

French in­ter­na­tional prom­ises to come back stronger than ever af­ter ban

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS

“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.

Evra, who has won five Pre­mier ti­tles, two Serie A cham­pi­onships and the Cham­pi­ons League, parted ways with Mar­seille on Satur­day al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing banned from Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion and fined €10,000 (RM49,000).

Evra lashed out in re­sponse to a group of sup­port­ers that had come to the pitch­side to be­rate him for what they considered sub-par dis­plays on the south coast of France.

On Sun­day Mar­seille goal­keeper Steve Man­danda backed his for­mer team­mate, say­ing that Evra was a “true friend and a good guy“, while France coach Di­dier Deschamps de­scribed his pun­ish­ment as “heavy.”

The club’s Amer­i­can owner Frank McCourt blamed both player and fans for the in­ci­dent, call­ing it “un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour” and “not some­thing we can tol­er­ate at “Mar­seille.”

Evra’s dis­missal from Mar­seille also came af­ter sup­port­ers un­furled a huge ban­ner be­fore their home match with Caen last week that read: “We don’t want you in our colours any­more. Evra get lost.” AFP

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Pa­trice Evra banned from all Euro­pean club matches for the sea­son.

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