Marseille's Patrice Evra sent off for karate kick on fan

Rachel Hardy
November 4, 2017

Patrice Evra has been hit with an "immediate layoff" and could face further sanction after getting involved in an altercation with supporters on Thursday, Marseille have confirmed.

Because the left-back was listed a substitute, Marseille started the match with a full starting XI.

And as the crowd attempts to jump over advertising boards pitch-side, Evra appears to throw a kick at a fan's face before being dragged away by a team-mate.

Evra's defence, if he offers one, will likely hinge on the nature and vehemence of the insults levelled at him before he struck out.

Evra was sent off as a result, becoming the first player to ever receive a red card before kick-off in a Europa League match.

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Evra has been charged with violent conduct by UEFA, while Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and "acts of damages".

"An internal investigation has been opened to establish responsibilities." the statement read via Sky Sports.

"Patrice is a more than experienced player and we can not respond to insults so low and so incredible because they come from one of our supporters".

"Pat has experience and he must not react, it's obvious", Garcia said. "You can't respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters".

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona received an eight month suspension after he kicked a fan at Crystal Palace.

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