Patrice Evra suspended by Marseille following fan kick
Patrice Evra has been suspended with immediate effect by Marseille for kicking a fan before the Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes.
In bizarre scenes Evra was shown a straight red before the game kicked off, as he went over to the travelling Marseille fans before aiming an aerial kick at one of the supporters.
He was only a substitute so Marseille still had 11 starting players, just six substitutes.
A new statement from Marseille has confirmed that he will not play any further part of this season until further notice, and he will be subject to a further review with disciplinary talks planned.
"Jacques-Henri Eyraud, President of Olympique de Marseille, met Patrice Evra today and informed him of his layoff with immediate effect and his summons to an interview prior to a possible disciplinary sanction.
"In addition, the first results of the internal investigation conducted by the club reveal an unacceptable behaviour 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 meeting.
"The club is continuing its investigation and will use all the legal means at its disposal against individuals who, under the guise of their passion for OM, endanger their reputation by entering the field and insulting a player. instead of supporting him."
"As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way.
Reports in France said that Evra was berated for over half-an-hour by fans with French journalist Julien Laurens saying that one fan told Evra to ‘Keep maing videos but stop playing football.’
An initial statement from Marseille on Thursday read: "No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be.”
Teammates try to calm down Marseille's French defender Patrice Evra (back-L) as he argues with supporters before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC vs Marseille at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes on NovemberGetty Images
His manager Rudi Garcia said the following: "Pat has experience, and he must not react, it's obvious.
"Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. 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.
"He must learn to keep his cool. That's all I can say."
Garcia also criticised the fan who was goading him, saying: "He's not a supporter of Marseille, because you can't insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us."