Patrice Evra will release his autobiography named I LOVE THIS GAME on October 28th, 2021. The book will be published by Simon & Schuster, which opens up about the former French left-back’s tormenting childhood days, footballing hardships, and life expectations living under a lower-middle-class joint family.
In an interview with Alyson Rudd from The Times, Patrice Evra boldly talks about being a victim of sexual abuse when he was studying in a Parisian school as a teenager. Saddening details regarding these recurring childhood incidents were depicted in a crude manner to help younger individuals, especially children to speak up for help and be honest with their parents about such harrowing experiences that they faced in their day-to-day lives.
The extract published by The Times from his upcoming autobiography detailed how his school teacher would place his hand under the bedcover and try to touch him when he slept in his school accommodation at night. He also revealed that it would go on for 10 to 15 minutes and how “sexually excited” his teacher would become while attempting to abuse him at night.
“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.“Patrice Evra on being sexually abused by his teacher. Quotes from his autobiography I LOVE THIS GAME via The Times.
The former Manchester United left-back was ashamed to talk about this incident to his mother. But he revealed it in a detailed manner as a 40-year-old to his mother Juliette, and fiancée, Margaux Alexandra before publishing it into his book.
Patrice described his mother’s feelings after sharing the story about this incident: “The first thing my mum says is, ‘if you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him.’ There is a lot of rages. I know my mum and people from my family will do research and see if they can sue. But I buried this thing so deep I didn’t think about [prosecution].
“I know the book will mean people will change their view of me, but I am more than happy to talk with people. I am a better version of myself. My friends will say, ‘oh the world will react, think of the pressure,’ but the biggest pressure is to say it to my mum. Even thinking about it now, it’s hard.”
“I knew what he[teacher] was doing was wrong, so I tried to push him away and punch him. I was tough, but I was scared too, although I couldn’t show him my fear. He wasn’t joking; he was going hard trying to get my pants off. There were no words spoken in the dark, but he was touching himself and getting sexually excited by what was happening.”Patrice Evra on sleeping at his teacher’s house. Quotes from his autobiography I LOVE THIS GAME.
He showed courage to give his views on masculinity and how young boys should deal with difficult and emotional life moments: “I’ve had enough of this toxic masculinity. For my father, crying was weak, but crying is not being weak. I lost my brother and I lost friends, but I never cried. My mother would say: ‘One day you are going to explode’.
“I prefer to be an inspiration and example rather than a victim. I don’t want that role of the victim even if the truth is I’ve been a victim.”
The autobiography also reveals other major moments and breakthroughs in his life especially his career as a Manchester United player, Alex Ferguson, and David Moyes. Patrice’s opinion on racism and his incident with Luis Suarez were also talked about in a detailed manner.