Patrice Evra Must Not React Insists Rudi Garcia

Evra sent off before match for attacking fan

Patrice Evra received a red card for kicking a fan in the head before Marseille's Europa League game

The former Manchester United star was preparing for his side's group stage tie with team-mates in the Portuguese town when they were confronted pitch-side by a large number of Marseille fans.

The incident was spotted by match officials, who dismissed Evra for his actions before a ball had even been kicked to earn the unenviable record of being the first player dismissed in such a manner in the history of the competition.

Patrice Evra has been hit with an "immediate layoff" and could face further sanction after getting involved in an altercation with supporters on Thursday, Marseille have confirmed.

Evra has been charged with violent conduct by UEFA, while Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and "acts of damages".

Evra was sent off and on Friday UEFA announced the 36-year-old would miss "at least one match", with the organisation's disciplinary body set to discuss his case at its next meeting on November 10.

"As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not react in such an inappropriate manner", the statement said after acknowledging that Evra has been provoked by OM fans who insulted him.

"The Marseille substitute has been shown a red card following an incident with the crowd".

Cantona, a Man Utd player at the time, was suspended for a year after losing his cool with a Crystal Palace fan in 1995, and Evra may well find himself with plenty of time on his hands regardless of mitigating circumstances.

Garcia added: "He is not a supporter of OM, because you can not insult your own players, you have to be behind everyone".

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