Thursday, 5 May 2016

Bans for Fellaini and Huth

Marouane Fellaini reacts to Robert Huth's hair-pulling at old Trafford

Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth will serve three-match bans with immediate effect after accepting FA violent conduct charges.

The players clashed during Leicester's 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday, Fellaini swinging an arm at Huth after the City defender pulled his hair.

Both players accepted the charge, levelled after video footage was reviewed, though Huth argued that the standard penalty of a three-match suspension would be "clearly excessive".

An independent hearing did not agree and upheld the statutory ban for the German, who will miss the champions' games against Everton and Chelsea and next season's Premier League opener.

Fellaini is out of United's top-four chase but will be available for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21, United manager Louis van Gaal said: "We haven't appealed because the reaction of Fellaini is like a human being.

"When the FA gives Huth a suspension of three matches then they admit that it was a penalty and I have said this after the match.

"I still believe that Fellaini acted in the way of a human being, but he has to control himself better, that is true."

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