Everton midfielder Fellaini apologises for Shawcross headbutt

Marouane Fellaini has apologised after appearing to headbutt Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross during Everton’s 1-1 draw with the Potters on Saturday, the BBC has reported.

The two were jostling at a corner when Fellaini lunged his head into the Stoke captain, who collapsed to the floor holding his face. Later, Fellaini seemed to jab Shawcross with his elbow and push the back of his head into the centre-back’s face, and may also have struck Shawcross again with his hand at another set-piece. Referee Mark Halsey did not see any of the incidents.

After the match the Everton manager, David Moyes, offered no defence for his player, describing the Belgian’s actions as “terrible” and admitting he expects a punishment to follow shortly. If Fellaini were to receive a three-game ban he would miss fixtures against West Ham at Upton Park and Wigan Athletic and Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Fellaini released a statement shortly after the final whistle in which he admitted overstepping the mark and issued a series of apologies. He said: “I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game. I lost my temper and it was unprofessional.

There was a lot of pushing and pulling going on inside the Stoke penalty area and I didn’t feel I was getting any protection from the officials.

Nevertheless I know I shouldn’t have done what I did. I have also apologised to the manager and the staff – I have no excuses. I was disappointed with the way I was being treated and I lost my temper, which was unprofessional of me.

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