Patrice Evra: Former France star opens up about sexual abuse and career
When former France international captain Patrice Evra took the field against Italy in the 2016 European Championship final, the country was buzzing with anticipation.
It took 25 minutes to score, during which Evra and his France team-mates controlled proceedings with a series of dazzling long-range passes that left the Italian defence reeling.
Then, he scored again, before going off to be replaced in the 60th minute, as the game was seemingly in the balance.
Evra went on to make a total of 30 appearances for Les Bleus in the tournament. He scored four goals, while also setting up two of his team-mates for goals that lifted the team to third place.
However, it wasn’t an easy journey from an up-and-coming team captain to the senior squad, which would become more of a curse than a blessing after he was accused of sexual abuse by a former team-mate.
The allegations, which he has denied, have been shrouded in scandal. On top of this, the French Football Federation imposed a ban on Evra when he was still with the under-17s, to which the player responded by suing the football federation in Paris and was later banned from all team sports for 12 years.
Evra was speaking exclusively to BBC Sport and was willing to answer all of your questions.
Interview: Patrice Evra
You have been involved in the French football scene for so long as a player: you were with the under-17s, then the under-18s, under-19s, under-20s, under-21s, under-22s, under-23s, under-24s, under-25s and even under-26s. How much have you watched French football over the years?
You are right. I went from one team to another. Now, I’m at the national team coaching staff and I want to continue that. I’m going to try to do my best for the