Patrice Evra: Former France star opens up about sexual abuse and his rehabilitation
Former France international and former Manchester United player, footballer and current charity director, Patrice Evra opened up about his history of sexual abuse against minors at a press conference on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old star also revealed that he is working to turn his life around after admitting his mistake and going public with his story.
“It’s a bit of a long story … We’ve been talking about all this for a long time,” Evra said of his sexual abuse case.
“We’ve been a bit quiet actually. We’ve only opened up in the last few days. There are many things I want to tell you, some things I want to tell the world about.
“I want to tell you everything. It will be a bit like a book to be honest. I want to tell you everything. I hope to tell you the whole story of everything.”
Evra’s story of sexual abuse
Evra, whose career with France and Manchester United has spanned eight years, said he was sexually abused by “two or three” different people in his life when he was 13.
Evra says he tried to end the abuse by giving up football, but he says it didn’t always work.
“I always loved to play football. That’s why I didn’t want to stop,” he said. “I was a normal person, but in my situation, not everybody is like me.
“If you try to stay away, it’s better but it won’t work. There’s something wrong with you. It was my mistake to give something up. It’s the only way, to stay away. Because I still play football. It’s never been easy for me, but I’ve been working on this for years.
“I always tried to find ways to stop it. I always had a plan.