Patrice Evra no longer wants to hide behind his laughter.

The former French international revealed to

The Times

, on the sidelines of the publication of his autobiography "I love this game", having been the victim of sexual assault as a teenager by a professor with whom he was going to sleep.

A story long remained secret: the former left-back only recently told his own mother.

“Of course she was devastated, it was a complicated moment for me.

I have yet to tell a few of my siblings and a few close friends.

[…] I don't want people to have pity.

It is a difficult situation.

A mother does not expect to hear this from her own child.

She sensed that something was wrong and asked me why I didn't want to sleep in the professor's house.

"

"I didn't know if anyone else would believe me"

Here, the professor is the aggressor. Leaves taken from the book describe with frightening precision these sordid scenes of the adolescent's life. "The head teacher, believing that I was asleep, put his hands under my bedspread and tried to touch me," Patrice Evra explained in his autobiography. I knew what he was doing was wrong and tried to push him away and hit him. I was strong but I was scared too even though I couldn't show him that I was scared of him. It lasted 10 or 15 minutes, like a fight. He was not joking and did everything to take my pants off. No words were spoken in the dark but he was touching himself and was sexually aroused. "

The former player also tells of his ultimate abdication from his attacker.

“The last night with this man, when he knew I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded.

He put my penis in his mouth.

Paralyzed by shame and fear, Patrice Evra will keep this secret, too heavy for a boy, too heavy at all and will play football with it.

“I didn't know if anyone else would believe me,” he concludes.

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