Patrice Evra has been banned from all UEFA games until 30 June 2018 and fined €10,000 for kicking his own supporter in the head during the Europa League clash against Vitoria SC.
Marseille have subsequently terminated Evra’s contract.
A statement on the club’s website reads: “By mutual agreement, Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra decided to end their collaboration. The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect.”
“In such a context, the conditions were no longer met for Patrice Evra to accomplish his mission serenely and above all effectively. Both parties agreed and decided to discontinue their collaboration by mutual agreement. This incident also highlighted the unacceptable attitude of a small number of people who uttered insults and verbal threats. Such behaviours, which expose the club to sanctions, have no place in the stands of a football stadium and at Olympique de Marseille in particular, where love for his team and support for his players make the Marseille public the best 12th man in France.”
Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the Marseille club president, added: “Today there is sadness. 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.”