“He put my pen!s in his mouth’ – Man United icon Patrice Evra reveals how he was sexually abused by his teacher at 13
Manchester United icon, Patrice Evra has disclosed his harrowing experience of being sexually abused by his teacher at the age of 13.
The former France defender, has never spoken about the topic publicly but has now revealed it while writing his autobiography.
His teacher, using his position of trust to offer him a spare room so he won’t have to travel from his home to school went on to abuse him.
In an extract from his new book, titled ‘I Love This Game’, Evra reveals: ‘The teacher, believing I’d gone to sleep, would put his hands under my bedcover and try to touch me”
“I knew what he was doing was wrong, so I tried to push him away and punch him… There were no words spoken in the dark, but he was touching himself and getting sexually excited by what was happening.”
‘On the last night at that man’s house, when he knew that I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded. He put my penis in his mouth.
‘Years later, when I was playing for Monaco, the police called me. Some kids had complained about this man and the police wanted to know if he’d ever tried to do something to me. Because I was famous and worried about the reaction, I lied and said no. They asked me if I was sure and I assured them I was. I have lived with that lie for many years. I can’t tell you how much I regret that.’
Evra said he only told his mother of the abuse two weeks ago, when he travelled back to France to make her aware before the release of the book.
As a player at United, Evra played nearly 400 matches, winning five Premier League trophies and a Champions League.
With France, he achieved 81 caps and in 2009 he was voted into the FIFA FIFPro World XI.