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Marseille’s Patrice Evra Sent Off Before Europa League Kick Off For Altercation With Fan

Marseille defender Patrice Evra was shown a red card prior to his side’s Europa League clash in Portugal after reportedly kicking a fan of his own club.

Video footage from before the match between Vitoria Guimaraes and Marseille appears to show the 36-year-old Frenchman aiming an acrobatic kick at the head of a fan at the side of the pitch during his side’s warm-up.

The former Manchester United player was a substitute for the game when he was sent off and so Marseille started the match with 11 players.

It is believed the altercation occurred after Evra approached the Marseille fans, who had targeted and jeered their own player throughout the warmup.

UEFA is likely to rule on any further action, most likely a several match ban, on Friday.

Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and “acts of damages”.

Evra became the first player in Europa League history to have been sent off prior to a match kicking off.

It is expected he will likely leave the club following the incident.

Marseille went on to lose the match 1-0 to Vitoria through a late goal by Paolo Hurtado on 80 minutes.

Boubacar Kamara was also sent off for Marseille for a second bookable offence on 86 minutes.

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