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Man Utd's Evra will face French federation regarding Lizarazu comments

Patrice Evra will face the French Football Federation over comments he made directed at former defender Bixente Lizarazu recently.

The Manchester United left-back described Lizarazu and other national team critics as 'parasites' in an interview before the recent World Cup qualifier with Finland and has now been asked to speak with manager Didier Deschamps and president Noel Le Graet.

"Following comments made by Patrice Evra in an interview with Telefoot in line with the match between France and Finland, President Noel Le Graet and coach Didier Deschamps, after noting that no attack had been made against the FFF, the France team, his coach and his players, have decided to ask Patrice Evra to come to explain some statements that have been broadcast," read a FFA statement.

Deschamps added on Canal+: "With the president [Noel Le Graet], Patrice Evra will be asked for explanations.

"I watched the contents of the interview this morning but even if I understand what he wanted to mean… this has caused a problem with other people. It's between Patrice Evra, Pierre Menes and the other three that are mentioned.

"The proliferation of media is not easy. I'm not giving excuses for Evra, but it's hard. This is a slip up anyway. I know the man and the player, but I would have the same attitude with all players.

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