March 21 – Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has denied he is homophobic after Paris Saint-Germain condemned what they say were insulting remarks aimed at the club by the former France captain.
Evra attended United’s 3-1 Champions League win over PSG this month, which knocked the French club out of the competition.
In the moments following PSG’s defeat, Evra posted a video on social networks goading the club’s exit, then later mocked the French side saying: “This is Manchester. Stop going off on one [about PSG] and validating teams who will never win anything.”
At this point, Evra is alleged to have made two anti-gay slurs about PSG, before curtly adding “we’re men speaking here”.
PSG released a statement on Tuesday condemning what the club say were “homophobic insults”.
“These remarks profoundly shocked the club, which is particularly committed to the values of respect and inclusiveness,” PSG added.
But Evra has accused the French media of twisting his words.
“They translate it as I am against the gay people,” Evra said on Twitter. “I am not homophobic, I love everyone. So if I offended someone I apologise. But it is not my intention. I understand equality. You have to be free whatever you do in life.
“I would never judge anyone. My mum raised me that way. Only God can judge me. We need to make the world a better place so please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down.”
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