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Everton's Fellaini given three-match ban after headbutt

Published on Dec 18, 2012 6:30 AM
 
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini was given a three-match suspension on Monday after accepting a charge of violent conduct for headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross. -- PHOTO : AP

LONDON (AFP) - Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini was given a three-match suspension on Monday after accepting a charge of violent conduct for headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini wasn't punished by referee Mark Halsey, who missed the incident which occured in the 59th minute of Everton's 1-1 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

But the 25-year-old was charged retrospectively after the Football Association reviewed footage of his clash with Stoke defender Shawcross, who had grappled with the Belgian just before the incident as they prepared for a corner.

A statement from the FA also referred to two other clashes between Fellaini and Shawcross, but Halsey has confirmed he saw both and did not consider them violent conduct.

 
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