Evra lands in hot waters just before Europa League kickoff

Europa League By: Ambrose Udeme | 02/11/2017

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra was shown a red card just before before kick-off in Thursday's Europa League clash for attempting to kick a Marseilles fan.

Marseille supporters are captured on video breaking past barriers trying to get to the 36-year-old. Evra was subject to a barrage of abuse as he was warming up. The supporters were apparently angry at his recent performances for the club. And the tensions spilled over onto the pitch as the visiting fans knocked over their protective fencing.

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Having been drawn into an argument with the travelling fans, who were aiming negative chants at the player, Evra responded by aiming a high kick over the advertising boards towards a fan standing on the other side, according to The Independent.

Evra was subsequently sent off by the referee before the game had even started. Because the left-back was listed a substitute, meaning Marseille started the match with a full starting XI.

The France international will now likely face disciplinary action from Uefa for his violent conduct.

Photo credit: @independent.co.uk