Marseille have suspended Patrice Evra after the left-back kicked a fan in the head before their Europa League conflict with Vitoria Guimaraes.
The 36-year-old previous Manchester United star conflicted with supporters before the Thursday night match and did a flying kick at one individual.
The Ligue 1 club said they would talk with Evra before deciding on his punishment, yet he has been expelled from the first-team group squad.
The announcement stated: ‘Jacques-Henri Eyraud, President of Olympique de Marseille, met Patrice Evra and told him about his suspension with prompt impact and his summons to a meeting preceding a conceivable disciplinary endorse.’
However, the club did likewise seem to lay some fault on the supporters being referred to, who were by the publicizing board along the edge of the pitch criticizing Evra and his colleagues as they warmed up.
They stated: ‘The main consequences of the inside examination led by the club uncover inadmissible conduct with respect to a modest bunch of provocateurs who expressed especially genuine disdainful assaults against the player, as he and his colleagues warmed up for an essential match.
‘As an expert and experienced player, Patrice Evra couldn’t react in such an unseemly way.
‘The club is proceeding with its examination and will utilize all the lawful means available to its against people who, under the appearance of their enthusiasm for OM, imperil their notoriety by entering the field and offending a player. rather than supporting him.’
Evra was subjected to boos from the away end in Portugal for about 30 minutes before the fight, witnesses said.
Fans hollered ‘Leave the OM!’ and ‘You suck!’ and yelling other, up ’til now undisclosed, affronts. The player went to defy them, motivating many supporters to jump over the advertising board and meet him eye to eye.
The video demonstrates Evra jumping over the publicizing board and requesting that the fans go along with him pitch-side. As one irate fan dashed towards him, the defender instinctually put out his clench hand and handled a punch on the fan’s face.
Evra was immediately pulled away by his partners yet sneaked around the gathering of players and executed a kung-fu style kick on a clueless supporter. He was quickly sent off by referee Tamas Bognar.
The act was reminiscent of the 1995 Eric Cantona occurrence. Manchester United’s Cantona sent off at Selhurst Park, propelled himself at a Crystal Palace fan on his way to the changing area.
Marseille went ahead to lose the diversion 1-0 yet stay in second place in their group with six points, two behind Red Bull Salzburg yet two in front of both Vitoria and Konyaspor with two matchdays remaining.