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Evra given season-long ban by UEFA

10 November 2017

Patrice Evra ended his career with Marseille on Friday after his infamous karate kick on one of his own fans, the French giants announced.

The former France global was sent off on before kick-off in Marseille's November 2 Europa League match at Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes, where he had been named as a substitute, after appearing to aim a kick at a fan at pitchside during the warm-up.

Marseille had initially suspended the player indefinitely, but shortly after UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) chose to ban Evra from playing in UEFA club competition for the rest of this season, the Ligue 1 club announced that his one-year contract had been ripped up "by mutual agreement".

Marseille initially suspended Evra while an investigation was carried out, but UEFA's decision to ban Evra from all UEFA matches until June 30 has led to the player having his contract terminated with immediate effect.

While the player's contract was not terminated straight away, his suspension meant he would not be paid and would have to stay away from the club.

"First of all for Patrice Evra, who has obviously understood all the consequences of his act and that he can no longer fulfill his passion (of playing) for Marseille", club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud said. "In addition, the player has been fined €10,000".

As well as his release from Marseille, UEFA have handed him a seven-month ban from all European competition.

"By mutual agreement, Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra chose to end their collaboration", said a statement on their website.

Marseille owner Frank McCourt has also condemned Evra's actions, as well as those of his club's supporters, describing the behaviour as unacceptable and intolerable.

Evra given season-long ban by UEFA