Man Utd's Evra: Arsenal tried to kick me out of Champions League final

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra has accused Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas of trying to kick him out of this week's Champions League final.

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra has accused Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas of trying to kick him out of this week's Champions League final.

In last Saturday’s Premier League game, in which United clinched their third successive title, Arsenal skipper Fabregas and Samir Nasri were booked for challenges on Evra.

And Robin van Persie – who had already been yellow-carded – was warned by referee Mike Dean after clattering into the French star.

Evra told the Sunday Express: “The bad challenge was from Fabregas when he caught my knee.

“I was very angry. I don’t know why the Arsenal players did that.

“Okay I said some things they didn’t appreciate after the Champions League game at the Emirates.

“But when some players speak about us and say we are not a good team I try to show that we are out on the pitch. It’s about scoring goals or helping to win the game – it’s not to kick someone back. It’s not the way to play football.

“I don’t know why some of the Arsenal players did that. You might miss the Champions League final because of one stupid tackle.”

Evra admitted that Arsenal’s tactics had wound him up and he was in danger of exploding only for referee Howard Dean to come to the rescue.

He added: “I want to say thanks to the referee as he came to me and said ‘Pat, I don’t know what’s going on but a lot of the Arsenal players are angry with you.

“Try to make my job easier. I don’t want you to do something bad as you’re not that kind of player. I know it’s difficult but just try to relax’.

“I was going to react in a bad way but the referee made me calm down.”

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