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Patrice Evra sent off before Europa League match begins (Video)

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Patrice Evra put himself in the record books on Thursday, but probably not for something he had previously hoped to accomplish.

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The Marseille defender was sent off for the club’s UEFA Europa League match... before the game actually began.

Evra, 36, was visibly seen swinging his left leg towards a fan after several Marseille players were confronted by Vitoria Guimarães supporters prior to kick off.

It is unclear as to what words were exchanged during the encounter, or what prompted the situation, but it’s certainly a bad optic for all parties involved.

Per OptaJean, Evra became the first player in Europa League history to be sent off before kick off.