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Patrice Evra sent off before game begins for kicking out at Marseille supporter

• Marseille player appeared to kick fan in head before Europa League tie
• Substitute Evra dismissed before match against Vitória had kicked off

The former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra brought back memories of Eric Cantona after being sent off for aiming a kick at a Marseille supporter before his side’s Europa League game at Vitória de Guimarães.

Trouble flared during the warmup as supporters and players clashed and pictures appeared to show the 36-year-old kicking a fan in the head at the side of the pitch in Portugal. Video footage showed Evra lashing out at one of his own club’s fans as supporters reached the advertising hoardings at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Guimarães.

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