Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Patrice Evra Banned From UEFA Club Competitions Until 2018

Patrice Evra Banned From UEFA Club Competitions Until 2018

The former Manchester United and Juventus full-back was slapped with a UEFA ban on Friday, leaving him ineligible to compete in any European matches until June of next year.

At the weekend, Evra claimed "real" Marseille fans support him in the wake of fan protests at Stade Velodrome.

UEFA has handed the 36-year-old a seven-month ban and a further fine.

The Frenchman was sent off before the game.

Evra committed an "irreparable" act by "responding to the disgraceful provocations of a handful of individuals", the club said on its website, adding the decision was taken by "mutual consent".

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 nearly certain that the former French global has played his last competitive game at the Velodrome Stadium.

Marseille said they meant to punish fans for the type of misconduct they showed toward Evra, but did not specify whether those who had insulted the former France defender would be punished.

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Marseille's president Jacques-Henri Eyraud also weighed in, bemoaning Evra - and Marseille's - damaged reputation due to the incident.

"Also for Marseille fans, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them".

"This Game Is Over", read one banner in English, mocking Evra's regular posts on social media where he films himself talking about soccer and says "I love this game" as he breaks into laughter.

Marseille, who were fined €25,000 (£22,000) for a pitch invasion by supporters, had previously criticised his inappropriate response to what the club described as "hateful attacks" from fans.

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.

Evra was captain of the 2010 World Cup squad but was blamed for being the orchestrator of a training-ground strike that shocked the nation.

Newcastle United fans, though, seem to be open to the idea of having Evra playing for Rafael Benitez's side and want the club to sign the left-back.

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