If we thought Eric Cantona attacking a Crystal Palace fan whilst playing for Manchester United in 1995 was crazy, Patrice Evra might have just eclipsed that.
Instead of attacking an opposition fan, Evra launched a flying kick to the head of a Marseille fan.
It resulted in him being sent off, despite only being a substitution for Marseille’s Europa League match against Vitória de Guimarães.
It’s believed that Evra was subjected to insults during the warm-up with the former Manchester United defender reacted by booting a ball towards them.
Not the best idea.
It led to a confrontation between the two before Evra inexplicably kicked one fan in the head.
The Frenchman now faces a long and anxious wait to discover what sort of punishment he’ll face.
UEFA have given already handed him an initial one-match but his real ban is going to be far longer than that when they meet to discuss the next course of action.
It's expected that UEFA will be banned for several months for his shocking actions on Thursday night.
But the ban from Marseille could be even worse.
The 36-year-old has been in-and-out of the team this season and might never play for the Ligue 1 club again.
Marseille have issued a statement
The club have already issued the following statement: “A professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be.
“At the same time, the club can only condemn any destructive behaviour by pseudo-supporters which hurts their own players at a time when they should instead be supporting their team.”
And they could sanction their own punishment, according to L’Equipe.
They claim that Marseille will probably not play him again in the fear of a civil war with the supporters and they will likely suspend him until the end of his contract - which ends next summer.
L’Equipe write: “Evra may never play in a Marseille jersey again. It is difficult to see OM tolerate such behaviour and it would trigger a civil war with the supporters.
“The conclusion appears to have already been written. An interview, suspended as a precautionary measure, a fine before the penalty which could result in dismissal for serious misconduct.”
Basically, Evra can expect to be fired from Marseille for his behaviour.
With him turning 36 in May, it will be very sad if this the last action we see of Evra in the professional game.
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