Patrice Evra fined for homophobic video posted on social media

Patrice Evra fined for homophobic video posted on social media
Kieran Cleeves
Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett

Published: 10/02/2023

- 13:44

The former Manchester United star said in a video posted in 2019: ‘Paris, you are queers’

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been fined after posting homophobic insults on social media.

The video, shared online in 2019, was posted by Evra after French football team Paris St. Germain knocked United out of the Champions League.

Evra, 41, was fined £890 and ordered to pay £1,780 in compensation to two anti-hate campaign groups.

Former footballer Patrice Evra prior to the NFL International match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday October 9, 2022.
Bradley Collyer

In the video, Evra called PSG “queers”.

The judged ruled the video had been recorded in a private setting but it was later “posted on Snapchat without his knowledge”.

Paris prosecutors opened an investigation after the complaint was filed by Rouge Direct and another group, SOS Homophobie, in March 2019 – immediately after the video was posted.

Evra’s lawyer, Jerome Boursican, said his client had “not wanted to harm the homosexual community”.

He added that the former footballer had published an apology video the day after the offending one was posted.

Etienne Deshoulieres, the complainants’ lawyer, released a statement following the conviction: “The homophobic remarks of a personality like Patrice Evra fuel hatred and violence against LGBT people, in particular in countries where homosexuality is criminally repressed, like in Senegal, the country where Patrice Evra comes from.”

File photo dated 11-02-2012 of Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates victory as Liverpool's Luis Suarez walks off during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Martin Rickett

Evra, born Dakar, Senegal, moved to Paris as a boy and now lives in Dubai.

He made 273 appearances for Manchester United from 2006 until 2014.

He became only the second French international to captain the side after Eric Cantona.

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