Patrice Evra was sent off after kicking one of his team’s fans in the head before Marseille’s Europa League 1-0 defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes.
The former Manchester United left back kicked a supporter at the side of the pitch during the match warm-up.
According to reports, trouble started during the warmup as supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game.
The player had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated.
After attacking the fan, Evra was then was ushered away by a team-mate but not before creating history – he became the first player to be sent off from a Europa League match before kick-off.
Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players.
Marseille said that they had begun an investigation into the incident.
Uefa’s disciplinary body is likely to rule on any further action on Friday.