UEFA bans Evra following infamous karate kick


Marseille’s defender Patrice Evra (back L) tries to kick a supporter before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC vs Marseille.
Patrice Evra ended his career with Marseille on Friday after his infamous karate kick on one of his own fans, the French giants announced.
Marseille said they and the 36-year-old had both agreed that the former Manchester United and French international would leave by “mutual consent”.
Just moments earlier, Evra was banned by UEFA from all European tournaments until June 30, 2018 and fined 10,000 euros.
Evra was widely condemned for the assault on a Marseille spectator which took place during the pre-match warm-up of a Europa League tie.
Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the Marseille club president, added: “Today there is sadness,” he said. “For Patrice Evra first, who obviously understood all the consequences of his action and who will no longer be able to exercise his passion at Olympique de Marseille. For Marseille fans then, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them. For the institution finally, whose reputation is tainted. Despite this incident, we are more than ever determined to demonstrate on and off the field that we are driven by the highest individual and collective demands.”
Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during an eight-year spell with Manchester United, joined Marseille from Juventus in January but struggled to hold down a first-team place. The left-back had not been sent off during a match since 2005, when he was dismissed during Monaco’s league match against Auxerre.