Patrice Evra convicted for posting homophobic abuse online

Patrice Evra convicted for posting homophobic abuse online

February 9, 2023

Patrice Evra is convicted for posting homophobic abuse online – and fined £2,670 – over video where he shouted ‘Paris, you are queers’ on Snapchat after Man United beat PSG in 2019

  • Patrice Evra filmed an expletive, homophobic rant against PSG back in 2019
  • The ex-Manchester United defender has now been convicted and fined in court
  • Two anti-hate campaign groups will also be receiving compensation from Evra

Former Manchester United and France football star Patrice Evra was today given a criminal conviction for posting homophobic abuse online.

The ex-Red Devils captain, 41, was not in court in Paris on Thursday when he was fined €1,000 (£890) and ordered to pay €2,000 (£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 game between United and Paris Saint-Germain.

‘Paris, you are queers, you are queers’ said Evra, causing outrage across France and beyond following the Champions League game.

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

Patrice Evra has been fined €3,000 (£2670) for posting homophobic abuse online in 2019

 A Snapchat video of Evra in 2019 saw him call PSG’s players ‘f****ts’ and p*****s’ in his rant

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 Thursday’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’.

His X-rated rant followed his former team Manchester United beating Paris Saint-Germain

 Mousse and Stop Homophobia, two anti-hate campaign groups, will receive compensation

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 has become a huge issue in the modern professional game, with all European clubs, including English Premier League ones, claiming they are doing all they can to fight it.

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