In a kung fu kick Cantona style, Marseille’s Patrice Evra kicks one of his own team’s fans in the head before their Europa League match had even started. Rightfully he was sent off by the referee straight away in this astonishing incident that took place before the match had even kicked off itself.
Evra was named as a substitute for Marseille’s game away to Vitoria de Guimaraes last night but in a spat with his own fans, the Frenchman lashed out with a kick.
“He did a Cantona!” Fans compare Patrice Evra’s kick on Marseille fan to Manchester United legend’s infamous moment. A close up picture shows Evra aim the high kick at a supporter – in a scene much like the famous incident where fellow Frenchman Eric Cantona attacked a Crystal Palace fan.
Evra was then was ushered away by a team mates but after being sent off his boss Rudi Garcia was then only able to have six on the bench for the game.
Later though, the Marseille boss Rudi Garcia revealed what caused his full back to kick the supporter. According to tweets from journalists at the match, Evra had been victim of insults from the Marseille supporters before the flashpoint.
Fans are apparently unhappy with the Frenchman’s performances this season and even broke through the barriers at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques to confront him. Marseille boss Garcia revealed afterwards Evra had reacted to taunts from the fans, but still criticised his actions.
“Pat has experience and he must not react, it’s obvious,” Garcia was quoted by L’Equipe as telling BeIN Sports.
“Patrice is a more than experienced player and we cannot respond to insults so low and so incredible because they come from one of our supporters.”