Patrice Evra speaks out on racist abuse and how to combat it
The Football Fan has learned from sources that Chelsea midfielder Andre Gray is the victim of racist abuse at Old Trafford following a poor performance. Gray and his teammates were booed by Manchester United fans following an 8-1 defeat to Spurs.
Following the game, he was subjected to racist abuse in the Old Trafford tunnel, but still didn’t get any physical, verbal and social abuse from the Man Utd fans. Instead, he was subjected to being called ‘foreigner’ and ‘scum’.
“I’m a French and European and I know how to fight this kind of thing,” Gray told the Football Fan of the abuse he receives.
To fight such abuse, Evra urges fans to stop buying tickets to watch Old Trafford home games from outside or the away supporters section.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Evra said he is considering his next career option after his days with Chelsea and Manchester United. “I was with Chelsea until the end of the season, but I decided to leave,” he said. “I didn’t like it at Chelsea, because I was the one in the team who gets the special treatment from Mourinho. It was also not good for my mental health.
“I left after a very difficult season, I had some injuries, I was the leader of the team, but I lost confidence. I had too many problems with Mourinho.
“In January, I left, because I decided to go and live in my country with my family. When I had to leave Chelsea, I had too many problems with some players, but I think I left because of Mourinho, or because of a series of other problems.”
The Frenchman, who moved to the Etihad Stadium in January 2017, spoke with Sky once more in a telephone interview following his exit from the west London club.
“At the end of a season, it’s normal to ask what’s for the future. To go to a club you don’t like is too difficult for me,” Evra said. “I can’t say no to Man United, I was there for two years. I