Patrice Evra has insisted that he is not homophobic after apologising for his alleged use of an anti-gay slur towards Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG released a statement on Tuesday condemning Evra for ‘homophobic insults’ he purportedly aimed at the club in a viral video after Manchester United’s dramatic Champions League comeback in the French capital.
In the video, the former Juventus left-back is heard saying the word ‘pede’, which has anti-gay connotations.
However, he hit back in a tweet: “I am here to clarify a massive, massive misunderstanding and we have to shut it down.
“I made a video as a joke, and the French media didn’t like it because I used the word ‘pede’ so they translate it as I don’t like gay people and I’m not homophobic because you know who I am, Mr ‘I Love This Game’.
“I love everyone so if I offend someone or hurt someone then I really apologise, but it wasn’t my intention. They’re just trying to put someone down.
“I understand equality, we have to be free. I would never judge anyone. My mum raised me and educated me that way and only God can judge me.
“We should be together to make the world a better place so please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down.
“This is a massive message for the French media because they always twist my words. I’m not playing for the national team anymore so what’s wrong with you?
“Your life is so boring, why are you always trying to [put] my video everywhere? I don’t want you to put up my video of positive energy because you are such negative people.
“So please guys, stop it. You know what, I don’t love your game. But I love this game!”