Referee Tamás Bognár had to take disciplinary action before the game even started. In the Europa League match between Vitória SC – Olympique de Marseille Patrice Evra was reacting to angry fans. In the video you can see him kicking a fan in his face. But unfortunately the refereeing crew from Hungary saw the incident and red-carded him.
Did you know a player can be sent-off even during the warming-up? Check the video first and then read the explanation below.
Journalist Karim Attab filmed the scenes.
— Karim Attab (@karimattab1) 3 november 2017
And a clearer image from the incident
Patrice Evra got a red card after kicking a fan in the face. “I love this game.” Lmao pic.twitter.com/ZtQvW5rRtB
— Taish – FUT Trading (@TradingFave) 2 november 2017
Laws of the Game explanation
The Laws of the Game are very clear about this. You can check it out on page 60. “The has the authority to take disciplinary action from entering the field of play for the pre-match inspection until leaving the field of play after the match ends (including kicks from the penalty mark). If, before entering the field of play at the start of the match, a player commits a sending-off offence, the referee has the authority to prevent the player taking part in the match (see Law 3.6); the referee will report any other misconduct
How to handle? 11 vs 11 or not?
Yes, both teams can start with 11 players.
The Laws of the Game (page 48) are clear again. A replacement for Evra can start the game, because the incident happens before the kick-off.
In this case we don’t know if the team list was already submitted, but probably it was in a CL game. At our own levels the admin might come in a bit late 😉
The LOTG say: “A player who is sent off before submission of the team list can not be named on the team list in any capacity.”
And also: A player who is sent off after being named on the team list and before kick-off may be replaced by a named substitute, who can not be replaced; the number of substitutions the team can make is not reduced.”
Uefa started disciplinary action proceedings
British newspaper The Guardian mentions that Uefa started disciplinary action proceedings. Click the image to read their article.