Former Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra has been suspended indefinitely by Marseille following an incident that took place before the club's Europa League fixture with Guimaraes on Thursday night.
After a group of travelling Marseille fans starting abusing their players during the warmup, Evra ventured over to give them a piece of his mind and what followed has been seen around the world as dozens of fans tried to rush the pitch. Evra was seen on the footage that emerged to have kicked one of the fans in the head, and that decision seems to have cost him his Marseille career.
L'OM released an official statement on Friday evening where it was revealed that the club president had met with Evra to inform him that he had been released with immediate effect.
Jacques-Henri Eyraud, President of Olympique de Marseille, met Patrice Evra today and informed him of his release with immediate effect and his summons to an interview prior to a possible disciplinary sanction.
In addition, the first results of the internal investigation conducted by the club reveal an unacceptable behaviour on the part of a handful of provocateurs who uttered particularly serious hateful attacks against the player, even though the latter and his teammates warming up for an important match.
As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way.
The club is continuing its investigation and will use all the legal means at its disposal against individuals who, under the guise of their passion for OM, endanger their reputation by entering the field and insulting a player. instead of supporting him.
Evra's kick drew comparisons to Eric Cantona and his infamous lunge at a Crystal Palace fan, the left-back making history for being the first player to be sent off before a Europa League match had kicked off.
It remains to be seen whether or not Evra will search for a new club, and it also has not yet been confirmed whether the usually jovial Frenchman still loves this game.