Patrice Evra was sent off after kicking one of his team's fans

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Marseille player Patrice Evra was sent off
after kicking one of his team's fans in the
head before the Europa League defeat at
Vitoria Guimaraes.
Footage shows the 36-year-old former
Manchester United defender aiming an
acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of
the pitch during the warm-up.
Evra, who was named as a substitute, was
dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille
started with 11 players.
Uefa's disciplinary body is likely to rule on
any further action on Friday.
French newspaper L'Equipe reported
Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra
for about half an hour while the players
prepared for the game, which the French
side lost 1-0.
The player had gone over to the fans to talk
to them, but the situation escalated.
French football journalist Julien Laurens said
Evra - who regularly posts light-hearted
videos on social media - was insulted and
also told: "Keep doing your videos, but stop
playing football."
Marseille begin investigation
Marseille said on Friday that they had begun
an investigation into the incident.
"No matter what happens, a professional
player must maintain self-control despite
provocations and insults, no matter how
unjustified they may be," the club said in a
statement.
Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said after the
match: "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, saying: "He's
not a supporter of Marseille, because you
can't insult your own players, you have to be
behind all of us."
Evra, who won five Premier League titles
and the Champions League during eight
years at Manchester United, joined Marseille
from Juventus in January but has made only
two appearances this season.
Thursday's incident evoked memories of Eric
Cantona's infamous "kung-fu kick" during
Manchester United's game against Crystal
Palace at Selhurst Park in January 1995.
The Frenchman was banned for nine
months by the Football Association for the
incident, which took place as he left the
pitch after being sent off.
How it happened
Named as a substitute, Evra begins
warming up with his team-mates before
the game
The former Manchester United left-back
appears to be the target of songs and
abuse from the crowd for about 30
minutes
Evra approaches the Marseille fans, about
500 of whom had travelled to Guimaraes
He volleys a ball towards the crowd, but
some of his team-mates come over and
look to calm the defender down
Evra climbs over the billboards and looks
to confront spectators who have come
towards the front of the stand
The 36-year-old returns to the pitch, but
a group of fans approach the billboards
and Evra appears to kick one of them
Evra is led away to the substitutes'
bench, but is sent off by the referee and
watches the game from the stands
Analysis
Julien Laurens, French football expert
It is really sad. Patrice Evra is 36, he has got
two children. He has played five Champions
League finals, a Euro final, won lots of titles
and this is probably the last few weeks of
his career - it is really sad this is how he is
going to end.
You shouldn't abuse your own player - the
abuse from the fans was targeted only at
Patrice Evra - but Evra should never have
responded the way he did.
It has been really tough for him since the
beginning of the season. He lost his place in
the team, he has been really poor every time
he played, and I think he just couldn't take
the jeers, the abuse.
There were a lot of insults, but the fans
were also saying stuff like: "You're rubbish,
go home. Keep doing your videos, but stop
playing football."
You can be critical, but the way they insulted
him and his family - that doesn't justify his
reaction, but you can see why he got
frustrated.
He is 100%. He says things like they are, he
reacts the way they are. He says there are no
fibs with him, so you get it as he says it or
as he does it. Sometimes he should think a
bit more.
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