Evra hits out at FA ban

Evra was banned after an incident at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season.

The 27-year-old says he has the full backing of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill over the ban.

“I am very angry about it because I didn’t touch anybody,” the former Monaco defender told United’s official TV channel.

“Yet I have a four game ban. But now I am just focusing on the World Club Cup because I want to be a world champion.”

United chief executive David Gill said: “We looked at the situation carefully and discussed it with Alex (Ferguson) and Patrice himself.

“We were very disappointed by the size of the ban. We thought it was disproportionate and a poor decision.

“But we felt, given the games he would miss, the issues surrounding an appeal and the distraction it would cause at a key stage in the season, it would be better to take it on the chin and move on.

“Patrice is a wonderful character and I believe him 100% when he says he never hit the groundsman. He has out full support.

“We don’t like the decision and we don’t think it reflects other decisions for improper conduct charges being found. But we move on.”