Evra Sacked by Mar­seille af­ter UEFA ban him for en­tire sea­son for fan at­tack

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

- Pa­trice Evra has been sacked by Mar­seille and handed a sea­son-long ban by UEFA from the fed­er­a­tion's club com­pe­ti­tions af­ter kick­ing a club fan dur­ing a touch­line fra­cas.

The for­mer Manch­ester United and Ju­ven­tus full-back was ini­tially in­ter­nally sus­pended by his club for the in­ci­dent, which took place prior to kick-off in a Europa League clash against Vi­to­ria.

And just min­utes af­ter UEFA made pub­lic a sea­son-long sus­pen­sion for the player, Mar­seille in turn re­vealed his con­tract had been ter­mi­nated "by mu­tual con­sent".

Cit­ing his "im­pec­ca­ble be­hav­iour" since join­ing the Ligue 1 side from Juve in Jan­uary 2017, L'OM nev­er­the­less recog­nised the "ir­repara­ble" dam­age that had been caused by Evra's at­tack on a fan.

Sup­port­ers' in­dig­na­tion at the ex­u­ber­ant Evra came to a head at the week­end, when ban­ners call­ing on him to "get out of the club" were shown at the Stade Velo­drome ahead of a home clash with Caen. While his Mar­seille ca­reer may have come to an abrupt end, Evra's UEFA ban will be in force at any Euro­pean club that wishes to hire his ser­vices un­til June 30 2018.


The player has also re­ceived a fine of €10 000 for his ac­tions. Mar­seille and Vi­to­ria were like­wise sanc­tioned by the UEFA dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, which re­leased the find­ings of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day.

The Ligue 1 club was hit with a €25 000 fine and or­dered to set­tle with Vi­to­ria over the dam­ages caused by sup­port­ers, while the lat­ter was fined €5 000 for a pitch in­va­sion car­ried out by home fans. Evra, mean­while, still faces the prospect of be­ing sacked from Mar­seille, but has so far re­mained de­fi­ant in the wake of scan­dal, thank­ing "real" Mar­seille sup­port­ers at the week­end for their sup­port.

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