French left back Patrice Evra

Manchester United full back Patrice Evra has caused yet more controversy while representing his native France, reports the Daily Mail.

Evra, 32, who has been capped 50 times by Les Bleus, called four television pundits which included 1998 World Cup Winner Bixente Lizarazu, “tramps and parasites” on French TV channel, Telefoot.

The Manchester United left back has accused the French media for trying to tarnish his reputation as a footballer.

“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.

“I don’t even know if he was ever voted best left-back in the world. 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.”

In France’s 4-2 victory against Belarus last month, the full back somewhat gave a colourful team talk to his team mates at half time when only being a substitute, which caused irritation from the fellow French players, and after successfully beating Finland to book a play-off match against Ukraine for next year’s World Cup, The FFF (French Football Federation) have asked the left back for an explanation for his comments.

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 recognizing 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.’

Lizarazu, who represented France at seven different major tournaments, also joined the debate.

“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 said.

“He blames us for dirtying his image but he is doing a great job of it himself. As regards the timing, it sucks.”

At the 2010 World Cup, Evra led a player protest after Nicolas Anelka was sent home from South Africa by then manager Raymond Domenech following France’s 2-0 shock defeat against Mexico.

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