Patrice Evra Career suicide? Patrice Evra’s last kick may have been toward a supporter Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 15:20 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images UEFA Europa League Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille Vitória Guimarães Olympique Marseille The Marseille defender has been a disappointment since joining the club last summer, and his playing days may be over after assaulting a fan The fuse had been lit on Patrice Evra’s top level career for several months now, yet eventually a spark reached the powder keg on Thursday evening prior to Marseille’s Europa League clash with Vitoria Guimaraes.Before the match began, the 36-year-old left-back was apparently insulted from the sidelines by a supporter, leading to former Manchester United and Juventus man to launch a kick into the face of the fan. Former France boss Raymond Domenech described the action as a “suicide” to L’Equipe TV .It was a moment that echoed the actions of a certain Eric Cantona, who infamously fly kicked a Crystal Palace fan in January 1995. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #VSCOM un truc de fou s’est passé entre des supporters semble-t-il Marseillais et des joueurs dont Evra ! Ça a tapé ! @OM_Officiel #TeamOM pic.twitter.com/C9Cozns6X4 — Karim Attab (@karimattab1) November 2, 2017 While the mercurial forward had time to redeem his reputation, Evra, who has won five Premier Leagues and one Champions League, not to mention 81 international caps, does not have such a luxury.“He knows it’s over and he will not play anymore,” Domenech, who coached the Paris-born full-back with France, added.For all of the player’s over-the-top ‘I love this game’ image on Instagram, on the field he has cut a very different figure. He has only started four Ligue 1 matches this season, having been usurped by Jordan Amavi, yet in these encounters he has not looked a player cut out for top-level football.The way he was torn to pieces by Rennes in August was the final straw for head coach Rudi Garcia, who thereafter has largely relegated him to the Europa League team.On Sunday, he was given another opportunity against struggling Lille but again proved his team’s weakest link and was fortunate not to see red in the first half when he made a frustrated tackle when already on a caution. It was an obvious second yellow card and he was lucky the referee made a poor call.The frustration he displayed in Lille, where he was eventually replaced before he was sent off, manifested itself on Thursday evening in the ugliest of manners. Having narrowly avoided a dismissal at the weekend, he was instead faced with the ignominy of being the first player to ever be sent off in a Europa League fixture before it had even started.“Patrice is a very experienced player and obviously he can’t react,” Garcia told BeIn Sport after OM had slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Portugal. “But this wasn’t a Marseille supporter, because a supporter gets behind everyone.”While the coach then went on to consider the ramifications of being two players short for their next Europa League match – Boubacar Kamara was dismissed during the fixture – the reality is that Evra is unlikely to wear the colours of OM again.0 – Patrice Evra is the 1st player to receive a red card before the kick off of a game in the history of the EL (2009/10). Karateka. pic.twitter.com/9Ii92bLnU7 — OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 2, 2017 Marseille fans are perhaps the most passionate in France’s top flight and Stade Velodrome is a notoriously unforgiving venue for players perceived not to be pulling their weight. Joey Barton’s combative style, for example, was revered in the south of France, yet Evra’s Instagram antics have not been received in the light-hearted style that has made him a favourite with the neutrals.Laurent Bonnart, a full-back who won Ligue 1 with OM in 2010, spoke for the club’s fans when he said of Evra to SFP Sport : “He would be better to keep quiet and work.“Despite the titles he has won, he has to show humility on every level and I think that he’s lacking that. It hurts his club more than anything else.“Why share these videos? It simply shows an oversized ego in a period when OM need to work and it’s not a good image for an experienced guy to give to the young players.” Criticism of his displays has been universally scathing, with Christophe Dugarry, another former Marseille player, slamming his displays.“Pat, congratulations on your career, for all you have done… But man, stop. Stop. Stop. He’s hiding, he’s pretending, he can’t run anymore,” he told SFR Sport .Evra can’t hide any more, though. His weakness has been made apparent for all to see, and it is sad that for a player who was once one of the best in the world that potentially his last kick on a football field was aimed towards a supporter rather than a ball.
Being born either too early or too late may have a long-term effect on children’s academic performance, finds a new study.This study detailed the relationship between gestational age at birth and school grades at age 16 across the full range of pregnancy duration (22 to 45 completed weeks), by weight-for-gestational age, focusing on extremely pre- and post-term births and taking into account possible effects within and between families.Grade averages were lower for pre- and post-term children than for term-counterparts, and were lowest in children showing evidence of poor foetal growth, irrespective of gestational age, suggested the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGrades of pre- and post-term children remained lower than those of term counterparts when considering spontaneous deliveries, uncomplicated unassisted deliveries, children with normal Apgar, or without congenital anomalies. However, induced post-term deliveries were not associated with reduced school performance.Among matched siblings, within-family effects were weaker, particularly in the preterm sibling cohort and less so in post-term children. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIrrespective of gestational age at birth, there was an independent effect of foetal growth restriction on later school performance which has persisted over time. There may be shared familial traits which influence risk of birth at non-optimal gestational age and also affect the academic performance of those born early or late. These may include modifiable risk factors such as poor maternal diet, smoking during pregnancy, and maternal obesity.“Less favourable outcomes of post-term infants with poor foetal growth suggest that placental insufficiency may become particularly toxic to neurodevelopment the longer a pregnancy endures,” said Hein Heuvelman, researcher at the University of Manchester.