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Paris Prosecutors Investigate Patrice Evra’s Anti-Gay Rant

Paris Prosecutors Investigate Patrice Evra’s Anti-Gay Rant

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Manchester United and France left-back, Patrice Evra, is being investigated by French prosecutors for anti-gay insult after Man United's Champions League win against PSG.

In a video that was posted last month on social media, Evra and another man who were seen in the back seat of a cab, responding to an online user’s views on PSG made what has now been tagged anti-gay slurs.

Evra, responding to the online user, said: “This is Manchester. Stop going off on one (about PSG) and validating teams who will never win anything."

After making two anti-gay slurs about PSG, the 37-year-old curtly added “we’re men speaking here."

The Paris club released a statement condemning the attack on the club by the former France captain: “Paris Saint-Germain condemns Patrice Evra’s homophobic insults aimed at the club, its representatives and its former players in a video released yesterday on social media.

"These remarks profoundly shocked the club, which is particularly committed to the values of respect and inclusiveness.”

Paris Prosecutors Investigate Patrice Evra’s Anti-Gay Rant

Evra denied being homophobic, claiming his words were twisted by the French media.

"They translate it as I am against the gay people. I am not homophobic, I am 'Mr I love this game'," Evra said on Twitter

"I love everyone. So if I offended someone I apologise. But it is not my intention. I understand equality. You have to be free whatever you do in life.

"I would never judge anyone. My mum raised me that way. Only God can judge me. We need to make the world a better place so please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down."

But now, the Paris Prosecutors offices have confirmed it has opened an investigation into the former Monaco man.

The investigation, led by a Paris police unit, was opened after gay rights groups, Stop Homophobia and Mousse, supported by Red Direct, an association of ex-players of Paris Foot Gay, lodged a complaint.

“This is a great satisfaction for our collective Red Direct,” Julien Pontes, of Red Direct, told AFP, as he praised “the speed of the reaction of the Paris prosecutor, who decided that the law would apply to Mr. Evra”.

Manchester United have declined to comment on the posts because Evra no longer plays for the club. The Frenchman made 379 appearances for the Red Devil's scoring 10 times between 2006-14.