Evra sent off before game for kicking Marseille fan
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PATRICE Evra was sent off before Marseille's game at Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday after kicking one of his own supporters in the head.
The former Manchester United star became involved in a heated exchange with the travelling French fans following the warm-up at the Europa League clash.
Reporters in Portugal claim that a number of insults were exchanged between Marseille's players and their followers before the defender decided to retaliate physically.
According to tweets from journalists and those in attendance, Evra had been the victim of singing and insults for around half an hour as he prepared for the game.
However, before heading back to the dressing-room after the warm-up, he went over to the travelling section before the situation blew up.
As the video footage shows, a number of fans had made their way out of the stand and got pitchside.
A number of the Marseille side were speaking with them before Evra darts around to the side of the group and swings a high left kick at one of the supporters - sparking furious scenes.
Evra had been named on the bench for the game, but the referee issued him with a red card for his actions.
That left the Ligue 1 side with just six substitutes for the game.
As the footage on the video shows, Evra was not the only Marseille player to be involved in the clash.
The club are likely to now face a hefty fine by Uefa while Evra is definitely looking at an extended suspension.
Not only will he face an automatic three-match ban for the red card, he will almost definitely be hit further with more games for the kick.
The love story between Evra and the supporters of Marseille has now apparently completely disintegrated.
The 36-year-old left-back has lost his place this season to ex-Aston Villa man Jordan Amavi.
Evra has been increasingly criticised for his performances on the pitch and his offbeat videos that he posts on social media.
He is not the only man with Manchester United connections to have been involved in a kicking incident with a supporter.
The Frenchman had just been sent-off by the referee for a kick on opposition defender Richard Shaw.
As he walked towards the tunnel along the touchline, Cantona launched a kung-fu kick towards Palace supporter Matthew Simmons after he had ran down 11 flights of stairs to confront and direct abuse at the Red Devils forward.
Cantona followed the kick with a series of punches and was hit with a lengthy FA ban and also with a criminal charge of assault.
He was eventually sentenced to 120 hours of community service.
United hit him with a $34,000 fine while the Football Association and Fifa gave him an eight-month suspension from football and fined him a further $17,000.
Evra has been in hot water before over losing his temper back in 2008.
He was handed a four-match ban and fined $25,000 after he clashed with Chelsea groundsman Sam Bethell as the Red Devils warmed down after a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
He was found guilty of pushing Bethell with his chest and then striking him on the side of the head.
Then as the incident had begun to calm down, he subsequently ran back to confront Bethell and became involved in a further physical confrontation.
Uefa are expected to confirm on Friday that they will be investigating the incident involving Evra.
Marseille have yet to make a comment, and also ignored the clash on their official Twitter account.