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Marseille coach Garcia responds to Evra kicking; Man Utd icon takes snaps with fans

Olympique Marseille fullback Patrice Evra's career could be over after he attacked a fan last night.

UEFA are expected to hand the Frenchman a heavy punishment for his actions.

Manchester United legend Evra was sent off before his side began their Europa League tie against Vitoria after kicking out at an angry fan during the team's warm-up.

Footage shows Evra vaulting advertising hoardings and demanding that the fans join him pitch-side. As one angry fan sprinted towards him, the defender instinctively put out his fist and landed a punch on the aggressor's face.

Evra was quickly pulled away by his team-mates but sneaked around the group of players and executed a kung-fu style kick on an unsuspecting supporter. He was immediately sent off by match official Tamas Bognar.

After the game, OM coach Rudi Garcia said: "We'll see what happened. As far as I'm concerned, I have information, but I did not see anything because I was in the dressing room.

"On the other hand, I can say two things: Patrice, given his experience, must not respond to provocations. What must also be said is that the supporter in question is not a supporter of OM.

"When we are, we do not insult one of his players. But once again, Pat has experience and he should not have reacted. I found myself with one less solution (from the bench)."

Amazingly, during the game Evra was seen in the stands of the stadium taking pictures with young fans, capping a rather strange evening for the former France international.

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