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Marseille terminate Patrice Evra’s contract after UEFA season ban

French Ligue 1 side Marseille have terminated Patrice Evra’s contract after UEFA suspended him from all European club competition until June 30, 2018.

Evra, 36, aimed a kick at a fan following a disagreement ahead of a Europa League game against Vitória de Guimarães and he was immediately sent off.

The Ligue 1 side had initially suspended the player indefinitely, but shortly after UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) decided to ban Evra from playing in UEFA club competition for the rest of this season, Marseille announced that his one-year contract had been terminated “by mutual agreement.”

A statement on Marseille’s website read: “By mutual agreement, Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra decided to end their collaboration. The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect.”

The club went on to thank Evra for his impact since joining in January but accepted it was impossible for him to remain. They also again criticised the attitude of the supporters whose provocation led to the player’s reaction.

The statement continued: “This incident also highlighted the unacceptable attitude of a small number of people who uttered insults and verbal threats of a rare violence towards the player and his family, and then invaded the pitch in contempt.

“Such behaviour, which exposes the club to sanctions, have no place in the stands of a football stadium and at Olympique de Marseille in particular, where love for his team and support for his players make the Marseille public the best 12th man in France.”

Club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud added: “Today, there is sadness. For Patrice Evra first, who obviously understood all the consequences of his actions and who will no longer be able to fulfill his passion [of playing] at Olympique de Marseille.

“For Marseille fans too, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them. For the club finally, whose reputation is tainted. Despite this incident, we are more than ever determined to demonstrate on and off the field that we are driven by the highest individual and collective demands.”

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