Evra given honour by Sicilian town

Juventus defender Patrice Evra has been awarded honorary citizenship of the Sicilian town of Marsala where he started his professional career.

The Sicilian town of Marsala, famed for its dessert wine, has claimed former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra as one of its own. 

French international Evra got his first break as a professional footballer in Marsala in 1998 before moving to Monza and then on to Nice.

He is now back in Italy, playing for Juventus after leaving Manchester United in the summer.

While appearing on Sky Italia programme Sky Football Night on Tuesday evening from the town, Evra stated that his time in Marsala was the happiest of his career despite the fact he had almost no money and had to rely on the charity of locals.

Evra has frequently reminisced about how important his time in Marsala was and the town is now trying to show its own affection for the player.

According to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, local authorities have put into motion the process of officially giving Evra honorary citizenship of the town.

It is suggested that the measure will also be an important symbol in the fight against racism in football, which is a massive problem in Italy.

Evra is expected to return to Marsala to receive the award in a ceremony at a later date.

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