Patrice Evra (with the extended leg) plants a head kick on a fan who came near the advertising hoardings Image: Twitter
Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off before a Europa League game in Portugal for apparently kicking a fan in the head on Thursday.
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Evra, only a substitute for the Group I match against Vitoria, got into a verbal argument with supporters, who scaled the barriers to reach the advertising hoardings and confront the team.
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Video footage showed the former Manchester United man lashing out at one of his own club's fans. Evra tried to punch him, un successfully before landing a kick to his head. He was then ushered away by a teammate and referee Tamas Bognar red-carded him.
The incident was eerily reminiscent of Eric Cantona's infamous kick on a Crystal Palace fan after the Frenchman was sent off at Selhurst Park. Cantona launched a flying kick towards Matthew Simmons in the stands after the latter taunted his dismissal and told him to take an early shower in 1995.
This is not the first time players and fans have clashed in the Europa League. Earlier thi season, an Everton fan hloding a three-year-old baby got into a scuffle with Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes from the stands.
Evra won five English Premier Leagues and the Champions League during an eight-year spell with Manchester United. He joined Marseille from Juventus in January.
(With inputs from AP)