Patrice Evra suspended by Marseille for kicking fan in face

Olympique Marseille has suspended 36-year-old defender Patrice Evra indefinitely after he kicked a fan in the face during an altercation that took place during Europa League play.

A shocking scene unfolded in the Europa League match between Olympique Marseille and Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday. 36-year-old defender Patrice Evra got into it with supporters of Marseille, an altercation that ended with Evra kicking one of the fans in the face.

This action has some serious consequences for the former Manchester United star defender. He has been suspended indefinitely by his current club Marseille who have stated the act was “unacceptable behavior”. That’s putting it as lightly and politically correct as possible.

If you haven’t seen the kick yet, here it is.

Evra was immediately shown a red card for the incident, left the match, and was shortly thereafter suspended for his actions by Marseille. He will be interviewed by a disciplinary board for UEFA before they make a determination of whether or not he will receive a ban, and how long it will be.

Marseille released the following statement on the incident:

“As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate manner.

In addition, the first results of the internal investigation conducted by the club reveal unacceptable behavior on the part of a handful of provocateurs who uttered particularly serious hateful attacks against the player, even though the latter and his teammates warmed up for an important game.”

The disciplinary hearing and the actions of UEFA thereafter could have massive implications on the career of Evra. At 36 years of age, if this ends up being a ban close to one year, that could very well mean the end of his storied career that saw him win multiple trophies with illustrious clubs like Manchester United and Juventus.

Further news on Evra will come upon the decision of the disciplinary hearing.