Patrice Evra has left Marseille by mutual consent and been banned from UEFA competition for the rest of the season for kicking one of his own fans. The former Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus full-back, 36, is banned by UEFA until June 2018, the same month his Marseille deal would have ended. Having played in the Europa League group stage, Evra would not have been able to play for another side in Europe this season even without his ban. He was fined 10,000 euros (£8,829). Evra aimed a kick at a fan next to the pitch before a Europa League game with Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November.
USA goalkeeper female Hope Solo has accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment. The World Cup winner, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d’Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award. In an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, Solo – who has 202 caps – said: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.” Blatter, 81, denied the incident took place, with his spokesman saying: “This allegation is ridiculous.” Solo, when asked why she has not spoken out on the incident before, added: “I was nervous for the presentation. It was the Ballon d’Or I was presenting. “After that I didn’t see him and that was kind of bad. I didn’t get to tell him directly ‘don’t ever touch me’. That’s the way I’ve always handled things – directly.”