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Evra responds to PSG's homophobia claims

Evra responds to PSG's claims of using homophobic language in rant

March 19, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The ex-Red Devil has reacted to the allegations made by the French club.

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has reacted to Paris Saint-Germain's allegations of using 'anti-gay insults' aimed at the club. The Frenchman was condemned by the Ligue 1 outfit and risks being prosecuted for his homophobic rant in a video he shared on social media following their shock Champions League exit.

Despite entering the second leg of the Round of 16 tie with Manchester United, the Parisian saw their chance of progressing fleeting with the Red Devils securing a historic 3-1 win at Parc des Princes. Brimmed with emotions, Patrice Evra uploaded a video celebrating his former side's victory and resorted to the use of obscenities and homophobic slurs against PSG.

The French outfit has since released a statement in response expressing their displeasure with the player and are willing to take legal action.

"Paris Saint-Germain strongly condemns the homophobic insults proffered by Patrice Evra against the club, its representatives and former player [Jerome Rothen]," the statement read.

"The remarks were deeply shocking within the club, which was particularly committed to the values of respect and openness to others.

"The fight against homophobia and all discrimination is at the heart of the action and the values of Paris Saint-Germain, which has been engaged for many years alongside Rouge Direct (formerly Paris Foot Gay) to combat homophobia and against all forms of racism. The club wanted to inform Manchester United about their former player.

"PSG will support any initiative initiated by its associative partners, Rouge Direct, Sportitude-France, SOS Racisme".

On Wednesday, Evra took to social media once again to address PSG's response.

"I am here to clarify, a massive, massive misunderstanding but we have to shut it down really quickly," Evra said in his video post on Twitter.

"I made a video, as a joke, as a friend, and the French media, they take it, because I use the word 'pede', and they translate it as I am against the gay people.

"I am not homophobic because you know who I am, I'm 'Mr. Love This Game'. I love everyone.

"If I offended someone, or I hurt someone, I really apologize, but it's not my intention, they [the French media] are just trying to put me down.

"I stand for equality, you have to be free, whatever you do in life, I would never judge anyone, my mum raised me and educated me that way, and you know what? Only God can judge me."

Evra subsequently initiated an attack on the French media whom he believes have been responsible for the negative coverage about him in recent times.

"We should be together, united, to make the world a better place. So please, stop this negativity, because you will never shut me down, okay? "

This is a massive message for the French media because they always twist my words.

"You know guys, I'm not playing anymore with the national team, so what's wrong with you? Is your life so boring?

"Why are you trying always to make the buzz, making my video everywhere? I don't want you to even put my video [up] of positive energy, because you are such a negative people.

"So please, guys, stop it, and you know what? I don't love your game, but I love this game!"



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