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Marseille's Evra banned from European competition, leaving club

Reuters , Friday 10 Nov 2017
Patrice Evra
This file photo taken on November 02, 2017 shows Marseille's French defender Patrice Evra (L) is escorted off the pitch by teammates Portuguese defender Rolando and Brazilian defender Doria (R) after an argument with supporters before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC vs Marseille at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes (AFP)
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Olympique Marseille full-back Patrice Evra has been banned from European club football for the rest of the season, UEFA said on Friday, and is leaving the French Ligue 1 club by mutual consent as his career looks to set to come to an ignominious end.

The former France international was sent off before kick-off in Marseille's Nov. 2 Europa League match at Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes, where he had been named as a substitute, after appearing to aim a kick at a fan at pitchside during the warm-up.

The 36-year-old has been suspended from all UEFA club competition matches until June 30.

In a statement on their website ( www.om.net ), Marseille said he was leaving the club.

"He has done something irreparable by reacting to shameful provocations from a few individuals," the statement read.

Evra, who started his professional career in 1998, played for Monaco, Manchester United, Juventus and Marseille, winning five English Premier League and two Italian Serie A titles as well as one Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008.

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