Veteran defender asked to explain comments following criticism.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has landed himself in hot water after he launched an astonishing verbal assault on a team of French TV pundits that included former French World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu, the Daily Mail reports.
The Manchester United full-back labelled the former Marseille and Bayern Munich defender Lizarazu and three other pundits ‘tramps’ on French TV programme Telefoot.
The quartet had criticised the impromptu half-time talk Evra gave his team-mates during half-time of the 2014 World Cup qualifier with Belarus last month when he was only a substitute. France ended up going on to win the game 4-2.
Evra’s comments came after France’s 3-0 victory over Finland last week, and now the FFF are seeking an explanation from him.
An FFF statement read: “Following the remarks made by Patrice Evra in an interview to Telefoot after France v Finland, president Noel Le Graet and coach Didier Deschamps, while recognising that no attack was made against the FFF, the France team, the coach or the players, have decided to ask Patrice Evra to come to explain certain statements about the broadcasters.”
Evra had claimed that the pundits had been deliberately trying to besmirch his reputation.
“There are some pundits with whom I will soon settle my differences with…they want to sell a lie to the French people that Evra is disliked. But that is not the case at all,” he said.
“I do not know what Lizarazu has against me. I was twice voted best left-back in the world, four times the best left-back in the Premier League. Him, I don’t even know if he was ever voted best left-back in the world.
“I recall my first call-up to the national side, all the others shook my hand apart from him. Thierry Henry said to him, ‘Oh Liza, here is the opposition’. And Lizarazu looked at me and said, “Why? Someone told you that I was already retired?”.
“People have a good impression of me, it won’t be these tramps who dirty my image. They must stop lying to the French people.
Lizarazu responded by saying: “His first cap I was no longer even there (in the squad) and yes I was once voted best left back in the world.
“He blames us for dirtying his image but he is doing a great job of it himself. As regards the timing, it sucks.”