Former Chelsea and France defender Marcel Desailly hopes Patrice Evra's troubles at Olympique Marseille does not see the ex-Manchester United's career end in shame.
Evra was suspended by Marseille on Friday after he was red-carded for launching a karate kick at one of his team’s own supporters ahead of a Europa League match. The incident occurred in the pre-match warm-up before Thursday’s game against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal.
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While the story between OM and Patrice Evra could soon come to an end, Marcel Desailly did not hide his disappointment at the end of a career of the former captain of the France team. At a press conference, Marcel Desailly revisited and says it is the sadness that dominates when he reflects on this incident.
"Everyone's point of view, but from the moment you're in a football stadium, you have to watch out for the fans who sometimes do crazy things.
"Football players must be exemplary, but everyone thinks he wants it. UEFA and the French Football Federation will decide what it must be done after this incident, Marseille has already laid off.
Everyone knows that you have to keep calm on the ground. I'm sad. He had a huge career, I would not like to see him finish on that. He has his reasons, I hope he will apologize and then he can move on." Desailly said as quoted in Boursorama
Evra was handed an initial one-match ban by Uefa for “violent conduct”, with European football’s governing body indicating that he faced further sanctions at a disciplinary hearing next week.
Marseille fans made their feelings clear to Evra at the Velodrome on Sunday as the Mediterranean side put their European troubles behind them by thrashing Caen 5-0 in Ligue 1.