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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Evra in Dubai: French football star posts motivational video on Instagram

Defender vows to make comeback after being dismissed by Marseille over kicking a fan

Patrice Evra could still play in a domestic league should a club approach him. Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters
Patrice Evra could still play in a domestic league should a club approach him. Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

Patrice Evra has vowed to come back "stronger than ever" in his first public message since leaving Marseille and being hit with a season-long European football ban for kung-fu kicking a supporter.

Evra, who was sent off after attacking the Marseille fan ahead of the Ligue 1 side's 1-0 Europa League defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes on November 2, made the promise while pulling a Jeep in a light-hearted Instagram post filmed in Dubai by former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who Evra nicknamed "Spielberg" in the post.

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"I swear to God I will come back stronger than ever," the former France and Manchester United left-back said. "Sometimes life you can feel really heavy but you always have to keep smiling, and of course keep loving this game."

The 36-year-old player's ban only applies to Uefa club competitions, meaning that he could still play in a domestic league should a club approach him.

Evra, who has won five Premier titles, two Serie A championships and the Champions League, parted ways with Marseille on Saturday almost immediately after being banned from European competition and fined €10,000 (Dh42,842).

Evra lashed out in response to a group of supporters that had come to the pitchside to berate him for what they considered sub-par displays on the south coast of France.

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On Sunday Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda backed his former teammate, saying that Evra was a "true friend and a good guy", while France manager Didier Deschamps described his punishment as "heavy".

The club's American owner Frank McCourt blamed both player and fans for the incident, calling it "unacceptable behaviour" and "not something we can tolerate at "Marseille".

Evra's dismissal from Marseille also came after supporters unfurled a huge banner before their home match with Caen last week that read: "We don't want you in our colours anymore. Evra get lost."

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