Evra vows it is not the end of him just yet

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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 soc­cer 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 left­back. “Some­times 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

000 (R167 000). Evra lashed out in re­sponse to a group of sup­port­ers that had come to the pitch­side to be­rate him.

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”.— AFP

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