Marseille have terminated Patrice Evra’s contract with immediate effect after the veteran left-back clashed with fans before Thursday night’s Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaeres.
After being taunted from the terraces during the warm-up, Evra eventually confronted the fan and aimed a kick at his head, promptly becoming the first player in Europa League history to be sent-off before the start of a game.
Marseille have since confirmed that an investigation into the incident is ongoing, but that hasn’t stopped them from severing their ties with Evra…
📝 Communiqué officiel de l’Olympique de Marseille
— Olympique Marseille (@OM_Officiel) November 3, 2017
The communique officiel reads thus:
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 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 meeting.
As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way.
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.
Can’t say we’re overly surprised, in all honesty.
The punishment is likely to stop there for Evra either, with UEFA – having already levied a violent conduct charge – still deciding exactly how heavily to come down on a player who probably should have known better.