Patrice Evra reveals he was sexually abused at 13

Patrice Evra reveals he was sexually abused at 13

Patrice Evra has disclosed that he was sexually molested by his French headteacher when he was 13 years old.

In his new autobiography, 'I Love This Game,' Evra, who is largely considered as one of the best-ever full-backs in the Premier League after an eight-year career at United, has disclosed that he was molested as a child.

The 40-year-old reportedly said that during his time in Monaco, he was approached by police over the headmaster after allegations from other youngsters, but he denied that he had been sexually molested — a decision Evra describes as one of his "greatest regrets."

In an interview with The Times, the former right-back said: ‘I don’t want people to feel pity. It’s a difficult situation,’ said Evra.

‘A mother does not expect to hear this from their own child. She felt something [was wrong] and had asked me why I did not want to sleep in the teacher’s house. Only now when I am 40 years old do I tell her.

‘It was a big shock for her. A lot of anger. She said she was sorry. She said: ‘You must not put it in your book, it’s private Patrice,’ but that’s when I say, mum, it’s not about me, it’s about other kids then she says OK, she understands.’

'I felt like a coward'...

‘I’ll be honest with you, when I first did the book, I didn’t tell the whole story because I was still ashamed and scared about what people will think, and now I want to say it because I don’t want kids to be in my situation and they are ashamed of themselves, thinking they are not brave, because it’s not about being brave, it’s about being mentally ready to talk about it,’ said Evra, who retired from football in 2019.

‘So I just want to make sure kids out there have the courage and do not blame themselves, because I always blamed myself.

‘I’m not shy to say I felt like a coward for many years because I never speak up. It was something heavy in my chest. But I don’t do it for me, I do it for other children.’

On the abuse...

‘He lived inside the school grounds, alone. It seemed like a smart idea, until he came into my bedroom. I now recognize that he’d tried to groom me. He let me play on a Nintendo. He helped me do my homework and cooked really good food for me. And then he tried to abuse me,’ Evra said in his autobiography.

‘I would get butterflies in my stomach when I was due to sleep over as the end of the school day drew near. It couldn’t go on, and after a few months, I told my mum that I didn’t want to stay with him any longer. I didn’t give any reason. By that time, my would-be abuser had become tired of the situation. I was a fighter; I was not going to give in. He didn’t even ask why I was leaving. He knew.

‘On the last night at that man’s house, when he knew that I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded. He put my penis in his mouth.

‘Years later, when I was playing for Monaco, the police called me. Some kids had complained about this man and the police wanted to know if he’d ever tried to do something to me.

‘Because I was famous and worried about the reaction, I lied and said no. They asked me if I was sure and I assured them I was. I have lived with that lie for many years. I can’t tell you how much I regret that.’

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