Patrice Evra sent off for 'aiming kick at Marseille fan'

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Uefa has charged Marseille defender Patrice Evra with violent conduct after a scuffle between the player and a club supporter before a Europa League game at Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Evra joined Marseille in January on a free transfer after spending two and a half seasons with Juventus.

UEFA earlier confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings against Evra following the incident and his club have now taken action.

"Olympique de Marseille has noted the altercation between an individual and Patrice Evra during the warm-up at the game against Guimaraes".

Earlier today, Ligue 1 side Marseille released a statement following the freakish incident involving Patrice Evra on Thursday evening.

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"An internal investigation will be carried out to establish all responsible", it stated.

The 36-year-old was named as a substitute for the game, meaning that Marseille could start with the full complement of 11.

"Similarly, the club can only condemn by definition any destructive behaviour by a "pseudo supporter" who insults his own players when everyone must instead support his team".

"Pat has experience and he must not react, it's obvious", Garcia was quoted by L'Equipe as telling BeIN Sports.

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona received an eight month suspension after he kicked a fan at Crystal Palace. "You can't respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters".