Marseille defender Patrice Evra has been given a lengthy suspension for his part in an altercation with a supporter last week.
The former Manchester United left-back has been banned from all UEFA club competition matches until June 30th 2018, and has been fined €10,000 for his part in the incident.
Patrice Evra banned from all UEFA matches until 30 June next year and fined €10,000. #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) November 10, 2017
The 36-year-old has already been suspended by Marseille for his actions – and with his contract with the Ligue 1 side due to expire at the end of the campaign, it seems almost certain that the former French international has played his last competitive game at the Velodrome Stadium.
Theoretically, as the ban only applies to UEFA club games he could still play for the national side in next year’s World Cup, but given the fact that he hasn’t played for France for some time, that seems highly unlikely.
That said, if (as seems likely) his contract with Marseille is terminated, he would be free to play outside of Europe until the suspension expires.
The incident in question occurred before Marseille’s Europa League defeat to Vitoria. Evra took exception to taunts from his own support, and launched into the fans’ section before appearing to aim a high kick at one of them. Evra, who was named on the subs’ bench for that match, was promptly sent off by the referee.
Evra thanked what he called ‘real’ Marseille fans for their support after the incident, but banners unfurled at Mrseille’s Ligue 1 fixture last weekend seemed to indicate that that a sizeable amount never want the player to line out for l’OM again.
Evra has yet to indicate whether or not he will appeal the ruling.
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