November 29, 2021

Patrice Evra claims he was sexually abused as a teenager

Patrice Evra, a former player for the France and Manchester United team, said on Friday October 22 that he was sexually abused as a teenager.

In an interview with Times on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography, Patrice Evra, now 40 years old, clarified that he was the victim of this abuse when he was 13 years old. He added that it had been much more difficult for him to reveal the facts to his mother than to speak about it in his autobiography.

“Of course, she was very shocked”, he told the British daily. “It was a difficult time for me and I still haven’t told some of my siblings and close friends”, added the ex-member of the Blues.

The former rear, born in Dakar, said he had decided to make this matter public to help other children who may be in a similar situation.

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No complaint filed

“I’m not trying to make people feel pity, it’s a difficult situation”, he said. “A mother does not expect to hear such things from her own child”. “I only told him now, when I’m 40 years old. It was a big shock to her with a lot of anger. “ He pursues : « “You must not put it in your book, it’s private, Patrice”, she told me. But I told her it wasn’t about me, it was about the other kids, and she said it was OK, that she understood. “

The former footballer also said he had not filed a complaint against his attacker who, he said, was one of his teachers. “The first thing my mother told me was: “If you don’t, I will. If he’s still alive, I’ll kill him. ” But I buried it so deep inside me that I didn’t think of filing a complaint. “

Patrice Evra added that when he was 24 and then playing for Monaco, he received a call from the police regarding his alleged attacker but was unable to say what happened to him when he was younger. “Living with this is one of my biggest regrets because I could have helped a lot of people”, he lamented.

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The World with AFP