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Marseille defender Patrice Evra was despatched off for kicking a supporter within the face earlier than his facet’s UEFA Europa League fixture in opposition to Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes had even kicked off on Thursday night.
As Get French Football detailed, the violent incident occurred after Evra was subjected to taunting from his personal followers, ultimately boiling over till he angled a head kick towards a kind of close to the pitch, as proven by French journalist Julien Laurens:
Julien Laurens @LaurensJulien
Patrice Evra despatched off earlier than the Guimaraes – Marseille recreation for this excessive kick on a Portuguese fan!!! Incredible. https://t.co/qi1WXBr2O7
The Mirror‘s Andrew Gilpin additionally reported it was a piece of Marseille supporters who had approached the sector earlier than kick-off.
OptaJean indicated how Evra’s act of aggression landed him a spot within the Europa League historical past books, albeit not within the style he would have needed:
zero – Patrice Evra is the first participant to obtain a purple card earlier than the kick off of a recreation within the historical past of the EL (2009/10). Karateka. https://t.co/9Ii92bLnU7
It’s but to be clarified whether or not it was certainly a travelling Marseille fan or one of many dwelling supporters who was caught by Evra’s kick, however regardless, it is attainable UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, will search additional punishment.
Goal’s Mohammed Ali supposed such an end result was “likely” and defined how Marseille have been additional hampered of their away European fixture on account of Evra’s lashing out:
Mohammed Ali @mohammedali_93
? Patrice Evra acquired a purple card from the referee earlier than kick-off. OM have 6 substitutes – UEFA prone to self-discipline additional.
Marseille got here into Thursday’s conflict second in Group I, one level behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg and needing a win in an effort to give themselves the perfect likelihood of advancing within the event with just a few matches remaining.
The French titans might properly go on and qualify for the knockout levels of the Europa League this season, however there are serous questions as as to if Evra can have any additional involvement.