Patrice Evra avoids ban after verbal tirade

Evra attacked four high-profile pundits, including France's World Cup-winning left-back Bixente Lizarazu, former Marseille coach Rolland Courbis and ex-Paris Saint-Germain player and coach Luis Fernandez in an interview.

updated: October 25, 2013 10:34 IST
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Paris: Patrice EvraManchester United and France left-back Patrice Evra will not be banned by the French Football Federation (FFF) in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on several pundits in a television interview.

In a statement on Thursday, the FFF confirmed that Evra would remain available for selection for the national team, leaving him open for a place in Didier Deschamps' squad for next month's two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Ukraine.

"After hearing his explanations, and seeing the remorse shown by the player, and ahead of two decisive matches for the future of French football, president Noel Le Graet has decided that Patrice Evra remains available for selection," the statement read.

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