Patrice Evra Must Not React Insists Rudi Garcia

Marseille players tried but failed to separate Evra from the fans as he sneaked a way through

Marseille players tried but failed to separate Evra from the fans as he sneaked a way through

Evra was warming up ahead of the clash in Portugal when he lashed out at his own fans who had gathered behind the advertising hoarding.

Evra is nearly certain to face a more severe sanction from UEFA following scenes reminiscent of Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park in 1995.

According to football statisticians Opta on Thursday, "Patrice Evra is the first player to be sent off before the start of a match in the history of the Europa League".

After an exchange of words, Evra kicked one of the fans.

"Pat has experience, and he must not react, it's obvious", said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia whose side lost the game 1-0 and also had Boubacar Kamara sent off three minutes from time.

Evra, 36, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with United before leaving for Juventus in 2014, could face the same sort of punishment for the incident.

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Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona received an eight month suspension after he kicked a fan at Crystal Palace.

"An internal investigation will be carried out to establish all responsible", it stated.

"Following his dismissal, the player is suspended for at least one match".

The player had gone over to the fans to talk to them - but the situation escalated.

It sparked wild scenes as Evra fought back, lashing out at one supporter with an apparent kick to the head, and Garcia had some advice for the 81-time France global.

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