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Last week, Marseille defender Patrice Evra roundhoused one of his team's fans in the face before a Europa League match and was suspended indefinitely by his club while they awaiting UEFA's official punishment.

Theoretically, as the ban only applies to UEFA club games he could still play for the national side in next year's World Cup, but given the fact that he hasn't played for France for some time, that seems highly unlikely.

In stunning scenes before Marseilles took on Portuguese outfit, Vitoria Guimaraes, on November 2, Evra aimed a flying kick at a fan as he and his teammates warmed up. "That said, nothing would justify such actions, even less so on the part of a play as experienced and who should be providing an example to those younger than him".

"In such a context, the conditions were no longer met for Patrice Evra to accomplish his mission serenely and above all effectively".

Marseille, which has opened its own internal investigation into the incident, said in a statement shortly after UEFA's announcement that it has ended Evra's contract with "immediate effect". Both parties agreed and made a decision to end their collaboration by mutual agreement.

Evra, who was named as a substitute for the game, was dismissed before kick-off so Marseille were able to begin the match with 11 players.

"If the club is particularly attached to the atmosphere in turns and recognises the tireless and sometimes hard work of groups of supporters, it intends to punish those of them who make this kind of slippage".

"There's a lot of sadness today".

"For Marseille fans then, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them".

Marseille have also been fined €25,000 by UEFA for their supporters invading the pitch, setting off fireworks and acts of damage.

Guimaraes were also fined €5,000 for a pitch invasion by supporters.


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