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Evra

Really interesting and powerful interview with Patrice Evra on the Guardian today - talking about being sexually abused as a child, dealing with racism, and learning to cry. Figured it might be of interest to your board.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/jun/13/patrice-evra-need-to-tackle-abuse-kids-learning-to-cry

Sounds like he is doing a lot of good work since retiring.

posted on 13/6/22

One day, while playing for Juventus in about 2015, he recalls seeing a teammate well up.

“I walked past him and was like: ‘What’s happened?’ It wasn’t like he’d received bad news about someone dying,” Evra says. “I said, ‘Why are you crying?’ and he said: ‘I’ve watched this movie four times and every time I watch it I cry.’”

I get the feeling this was Morata.

posted on 13/6/22

good article

posted on 13/6/22

comment by gratedbean (U4885)
posted 2 minutes ago
“learning to cry. Figured it might be of interest to your board.”

I read that as a dig first time round 😂
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Sorry, wasn't intended as one. I just found it a really good article that shined a new light on a player I knew very little about previously.

posted on 13/6/22

comment by FFS Mike. (U1170)
posted 16 minutes ago
Good read, cheers. Must be hard discussing these types of things for a person in his position as there will no doubt be some people already giving him pelters for some reason on Twitter.

The amount of good footballer do is hugely under reported I would imagine, much easier to get clicks or sell papers for the bad things I guess.
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Also it's sometimes a no-win situation. If footballers are reported doing good things there are often comments about them not doing enough or just being champagne socialists or whatever

posted on 13/6/22

Thanks for sharing, welshpoolfan

posted on 13/6/22

comment by it'sonlyagame (U6426)
posted 13 minutes ago
One day, while playing for Juventus in about 2015, he recalls seeing a teammate well up.

“I walked past him and was like: ‘What’s happened?’ It wasn’t like he’d received bad news about someone dying,” Evra says. “I said, ‘Why are you crying?’ and he said: ‘I’ve watched this movie four times and every time I watch it I cry.’”

I get the feeling this was Morata.
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Haha, it probably was tbf.

Morata seems weak and cry-prone. Was probably watching Barbie & Cinderella Break their Nails in HD for the 4th time.

posted on 13/6/22

He might come across as a bit of a lunatic, Evra. But I find the stuff he writes is always worth reading.

He touches on the abuse stuff in his book which is worth checking out.

I also thought his was probably my favourite of all the players tribune articles (though probably in part due to my United bias). Also well worth a read: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/patrice-evra-let-me-tell-you-why-i-love-this-game-manchester-united/amp

posted on 13/6/22

On a serious note though, anyone catch the excerpt from Sarah Polley's memoirs and the article about her in the Guardian at the weekend?

Seriously good. It isn't related to secsual abuse, but it's one of the few times I've found something that goes beyond than the speaking out aspects or the activism related to child abuse and trauma. I found it very nuanced and interesting.

The book excerpt first:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jun/12/sarah-polley-terry-gilliam-run-towards-danger-baron-munchausen-interview

The article:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/30/sarah-polley-interview-memoir

posted on 13/6/22

Explains why he was such a strong minded player , an outstanding captain and leader on the pitch and a powerful voice within our dressing room.
He had to overcome a lot growing up it seems.

Our Saint Pat

posted on 13/6/22

Still seemed quite handy in that charity game last night

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