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Evra suspended after clash with fan

By Robert Jones

Marseille have suspended defender Patrice Evra after he aimed a kick at one of the club's supporters before Thursday's Europa League tie at Vitoria.

Uefa earlier confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings against Evra following the incident and his club have now taken action.

"Jacques-Henri Eyraud, president of Marseille, met Patrice Evra today and informed him of his lay-off with immediate effect and a summons to an interview prior to a possible disciplinary sanction," a statement from the French club said.

The former Manchester United player, named as a substitute for OM's fixture away to Vitoria, lashed out at the fan in a heated confrontation prior to the match in Portugal.

Evra was sent off and yesterday Uefa announced the 36-year-old would miss "at least one match", with the organisation's disciplinary body set to discuss his case at its next meeting on November 10.

Marseille added there had been "unacceptable behaviour" from some fans who subjected Evra and his team-mates to "hateful attacks" but said: "As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way."

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