Patrice Evra convicted for posting homophobic abuse online after a match

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Former Manchester United player Patrice Evra has been fined for posting homophobic abuse online.

The ex-Red Devils captain, 41, was not in court in Paris on Thursday when he was fined £890.

The French football star was also ordered to pay £1,780 compensation to two anti-hate campaign groups.

Stop Homophobia and Mousse complained in March 2019 when Evra posted a video of himself on social networks following a Champions League game between United and Paris St Germain.

‘Paris, you are queers, you are queers’ said Evra, causing outrage across France and beyond.

Alleging that his old club was more macho than PSG, Evra added; ‘Here, it’s the men who talk.’

Mousse and Stop Homophobia, supported by the anti-homophobia collective Rouge Direct (Red Direct), immediately filed a complaint for ‘public insult towards a group of people because of their sexual orientation’.

The investigating judge in the case reclassified the complaint to ‘non-public insult’ and referred the case to the Paris Police Court.

The judge ruled that Evra, who now lives in Dubai, had ‘expressed himself in a private setting for the making of a video which was later posted on Snapchat without his knowledge.’

Following today’s conviction, the complainants’ lawyer, Etienne Deshoulieres, released a statement saying: ‘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.’

Evra was born in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, and then moved to Paris as a young child.

Jerome Boursican, for Evra, said his client had ‘not wanted to harm the homosexual community,’ and was instead just ‘aiming [insults] at PSG’.

The lawyer said Evra had published an apology video the day after the offending one was broadcast.

Homophobia is a huge issue in the modern professional game, with all European clubs claiming they are doing all they can to fight it.

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