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.


‘Welcome back’: Alex Ferguson at United game for first time since brain operation

Updated 22 September 2018
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‘Welcome back’: Alex Ferguson at United game for first time since brain operation

  • Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May
  • Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him

MANCHESTER: Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since the club’s legendary former manager had emergency brain surgery.
Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May.
But the 76-year-old Scot has made a good recovery and a picture of Ferguson arriving at Old Trafford ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Wolves was posted on United’s official Twitter account on Saturday.
The picture’s caption read: “Welcome back to Old Trafford, Sir Alex.”

Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him in recognition of his incredible achievements with United.
“I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me, so, yeah, I’m really good,” he said.
“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.
“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.
“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.”

Asked about the messages of support he had received, Ferguson added: “It was unbelievable.
“There were thousands of cards, and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital. I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.
“I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it. I think, if you remember, I did the message to thank the people who had taken the time to send me messages. It was really important to do that.
“Some of the doctors are here (as special guests) who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back.”
United also posted a message on their Twitter feed encouraging fans attending Saturday’s game to be in their seats 15 minutes before the 3pm kick-off “as we prepare to honor Sir Alex’s return.”
Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.
Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.