UEFA suspends Evra until June 2018 for kicking Marseille fan

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Marseille's Patrice Evra, third left, raises his foot trying to kick a man during a scuffle with Marseille supporters who trespassed into the field before the Europa League group I soccer match between Vitoria SC and Olympique de Marseille at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
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Olympique de Marseille fans hold a banner reading "You thought you were above the institution OM and its supporters. We don't want you wearing our colors. Evra get out!" prior to the start of the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Caen at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on November 5, 2017. (AFP / BORIS HORVAT)
Updated 10 November 2017
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UEFA suspends Evra until June 2018 for kicking Marseille fan

NYON, Switzerland: Marseille defender Patrice Evra was suspended until June 2018 for kicking one his own team’s fans before a Europa League game, UEFA said Friday.
Evra was suspended from “all UEFA club competition matches” until June 30 and must pay a fine of 10,000 euros ($11,650).
Evra got into a verbal argument with Marseille supporters before the match against Portuguese club Vitoria on Nov. 2. He then aimed a kick at the head of one of the Marseille fans before being ushered away by a teammate.
The 36-year-old France defender was sent off before the game.
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.”
Evra committed an “irreparable” act by “responding to the disgraceful provocations of a handful of individuals,” the club said on its website, adding the decision was taken by “mutual consent.”
Marseille said it intended to punish fans for the type of misconduct they showed toward Evra, but did not specify whether it would punish those who had insulted the former France defender.
Marseille is well-known for having a powerful fan base that can exert pressure on the club and players alike.
“There’s a lot of sadness today. 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. “For Marseille fans, too, who are stigmatized by the irresponsible behavior from a handful of them.”
Before last Sunday’s home game against Caen, fans made it clear to Evra he was no longer welcome at the club, holding aloft two banners criticizing the player before the match at Stade Velodrome.
“This Game Is Over,” read one banner in English, mocking Evra’s regular posts on social media where he films himself talking about soccer and says “I love this game” as he breaks into laughter.
Former European Cup champion Marseille, the only French club to win the Champions League, was also charged with invasion of the field by its fans, setting off fireworks, and acts of damages. It must pay Vitoria 25,000 euros ($29,000) within 30 days.


Novak Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon title after beating Kevin Anderson in straight sets

Updated 15 July 2018
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Novak Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon title after beating Kevin Anderson in straight sets

  • Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time
  • It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis

LONDON: Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Sunday.
Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set. Djokovic held steady, saving all five of those, then was as superior in the tiebreaker as he was most of the sun-drenched afternoon.
It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis.
But it’s also his first in more than two years.
During that time, Djokovic struggled with a painful right elbow that eventually required surgery and as his losses accumulated, his ranking fell out of the top 20 for the first time in more than a decade. He grew so frustrated with his form that he spoke about skipping the grass-court circuit.
Fortunately for him, he changed his mind.
At No. 21, Djokovic is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon titlist since Goran Ivanizevic in 2001.