THE BIG READ | French soccer great Patrice Evra on why he's finally ready to tell the world what his teacher did to him

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Retired French ­soccer star Patrice Evra opens up about his life in 
a new memoir, I Love This Game. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Retired French ­soccer star Patrice Evra opens up about his life in a new memoir, I Love This Game. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He felt so ashamed about what had been done to him that for years he couldn’t bear to tell anyone about it – not even his own mother. In this interview soccer legend Patrice Evra reveals why he feels a duty to talk about the sexual abuse he suffered as a teen.

We do some fun stuff to break the ice: photos, some quick-fire questions that reveal it mattered far more to Patrice Evra for him to defeat Liverpool than Manchester City, not least because Sir Alex Ferguson, his manager, wouldn’t speak to the players for two weeks if they lost to the Merseyside club.

But when I ask the former Manchester United and France defender: “Do you want to see him in jail?”, there is a pause, the sort of reflective, intense pause that you don’t normally experience when interviewing one of the ebullient greats of the game.

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