Vitória SC v Marseille
Europa League Group stage (group 1)
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques – Guimaraes 02/11/2017
Referee: Tamás Bognar
Assistant referees: Balázs Buzás (HUN); Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional assistant referees: Ádám Farkas (HUN): Peter Solymosi (HUN)
Fourth official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Mr Bognár sent off Marseille player Patrice Evra after he kicked one of his team’s fans in the head before the Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes. Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up. Governing body UEFA has charged Evra with violent conduct. The full-back has been suspended for “at least one game”, with UEFA’s disciplinary body to decide the case on 10 November. Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and “acts of damages”.
Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players. This is correct within the Laws of the Game.
Under Law 5, the referee 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.
Law 3.6: Players and substitutes sent off:
A player who is sent off:
• before submission of the team list can not be named on the team list in any capacity
• 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
• after the kick-off can not be replaced
A named substitute who is sent off before or after the kick-off may not be replaced.
Named as a substitute, Evra begins warming up with his team-mates before the game. He appeared to be the target of songs and abuse from the crowd for about 30 minutes and approaches the Marseille fans. He volleyed a ball towards the crowd, but some of his team-mates come over and tried to calm him down. He then climbed over the billboards and looks to confront spectators who have come towards the front of the stand before returning to the pitch. A group of fans approach the billboards and Evra appears to kick one of them
before being led away to the substitutes’ bench, where he was sent off by Tamás Bognár, the referee and ended up watching the game from the stands.
Mr Bognár and his team went on to have an excellent game – well done team ref.