Patrice Evra sent off for 'aiming kick at Marseille fan'

Evra sent off before match for attacking fan

Patrice Evra shown red card before kick-off in Europa League clash for attempting to kick Marseilles fan

Evra was warming up ahead of the clash in Portugal when he lashed out at his own fans who had gathered behind the advertising hoarding.

Evra was sent off and on Friday UEFA announced the 36-year-old would miss "at least one match", with the organisation's disciplinary body set to discuss his case at its next meeting on November 10.

According to reporters at the match, Evra had been targeted by a group of Marseille fans prior to kick-off for 30 minutes who then preceded to scale the barriers to confront the players.

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Earlier today, Ligue 1 side Marseille released a statement following the freaky incident involving Patrice Evra on Thursday evening.

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

French football journalist Julien Laurens said Evra was jeered and insulted for half an hour by a section of the 500-strong away fans and told: "Keep doing your videos, but stop playing football".

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"The club's investigation continues and will exercise the means at its disposal against the individuals who, using a passion for Marseille as a disguise, put OM's reputation in danger by entering the pitch and insulting a player instead of providing support".

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

"Pat has experience, and he must not react".

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The incident was similar to the one in January 1995 when Eric Cantona, while playing for United, kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park moments after being sent off.

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