Everton’s Fellaini to learn fate after running battle with Shawcross

Marouane Fellaini is expected to be charged by the Football Association on Monday for his behaviour during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City, when the Belgium international repeatedly tangled with Potters captain Ryan Shawcross. The Daily Mirror feels Fellaini is at risk of a nine-game ban, while the Daily Mail believes Fellaini will receive a three-game suspension.

The Mirror claims Fellaini is at risk of being charged with three separate counts of violent conduct – first, for headbutting Shawcross as the pair jostled while waiting for a corner. Fellaini later appeared to use the back of his head on Shawcross and jab the centre-back with his elbow, and later struck Shawcross in the face.

However, the Mail feels Fellaini will only receive punishment for the first offence, with the FA likely to use the rationale that if the headbutt had been spotted and punished with a red card, Fellaini would not have been on the pitch to become involved in the incidents that followed.

Fellaini was condemned in his post-match interview by manager David Moyes, who insisted the club would not contest any punishment given to Fellaini, while the player himself released a statement of apology shortly after. Both newspapers agree, meanwhile, that Fellaini is facing a £150,000 fine from the club, the maximum penalty of two weeks’ wages.

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