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Peter Crouch seen with black eye while out with Abbey Clancy

Where did you get that shiner, Crouch Stoke striker spotted with black eye after ending goal drought

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

15:56 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 23 April 2013

Having returned to his previous club last weekend, it looks like Peter Crouch may have picked up a few battle scars to get back to scoring ways.

The Stoke striker netted just his second goal since September when he struck at relegation threatened QPR on Saturday, but he has since emerged with a mystery black eye.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

The former England international was seen leaving Liverpool Dental Spa today with his wife Abbey Clancy, who is a regular, and daughter Sophia where the bruise underneath his right eye was clear to see.

Having started the season with five goals from his first seven games, Crouch’s season has tailed off, with his only goal before Saturday coming in a 2-2 draw with Wigan in January.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had backed the former Tottenham hitman to rediscover his scoring touch, as he said before the QPR game: There's been a while, especially after his injury, where Peter has not performed to the level he was at before.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

‘He had a good start to the season and looked a real handful. Hopefully he will be back to what he was in the next five games.’

Crouch came off with a minute to go at QPR but should be in line to face Norwich at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Frank Lampard snubbed by Chelsea after reaching goalscoring landmark

Lampard snubbed by Chelsea as club refuse to
acknowledge record AND edit out glowing praise from Cech

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 January 2013

Frank Lampard has been dealt a remarkable snub by Chelsea after scoring the goal which took him outright second on the club’s all-time scoring list.

There is no mention of him moving to 194 goals to surpass Kerry Dixon on the official website and an interview in which Petr Cech praised the 34-year-old has been edited to cut out mention of the midfielder’s ‘loyalty’, ‘importance’, and being ‘as good as ever’.

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

Snubbed: Lampard moved into second place on Chelsea's all-time scoring list on Saturday

An interview with Lampard is available
online but in it he refers mainly to the cold conditions at Stoke and
the team’s performance in the 4-0 victory.

Meanwhile, in a separate article, Cech is quoted as saying: ‘Frank had a very good game and could have added another of his trademark goals because he had two chances inside the box, and I think everybody had a fantastic game.

‘Frank may not start every game but if he plays he plays well with his quality and his experience.’

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

On his way: Lampard is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

The goalkeeper’s further acclaim on Lampard, and his service to the club, from the same interview with reporters is omitted.

‘I have known him for a long time,’ Cech
also said. ‘He has been a fantastic player for the club. And, of
course, he has stayed for years at the same club. Bad times, good times –
mostly good times – but that shows the loyalty of the player.’

Cech added: ‘Is he as good as ever The team have changed, and so has his age, but he is still important.’

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Sealed with a kiss: Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday

Mention was made of Lampard equalling Dixon with a goal at Southampton in an earlier piece, so this latest development seems even more peculiar. Rafael Benitez was equally muted in post-match discussions on the England midfielder's feat, preferring instead to praise Brazilian Ramires.

Lampard is eight goals behind all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling but will only have the rest of the season to try to catch him as Chelsea have made clear they will not offer him a new deal.

Stoke 3 Southampton 3 – Cameron Jerome scores late equaliser

Stoke 3 Southampton 3: Late Jerome stunner preserves Potters' unbeaten home record

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 29 December 2012

A stunning 90th-minute volley from Cameron Jerome secured a point for 10-man Stoke in a highly-eventful draw with strugglers Southampton at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters looked like they would pay for uncharacteristically poor defending in the first half, but fought back and substitute Jerome had the final say with a thumping volley from 30 yards.

Stoke had conceded only four goals at home in the Barclays Premier League all season and boasted the best defensive record in the division, but shipped three in the first half.

Stunner: Jerome celebrates after his long-range volley

Stunner: Jerome celebrates after his long-range volley

MATCH FACTS

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson (Whitehead 70), Kightly (Crouch 75), Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington (Jerome 57), Walters, Jones.

Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Owen, Adam

Goals: Jones 16, Upson 67, Jerome 90

Booked: Jerome. Sent off: Nzonzi

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 82), Puncheon (Richardson 85), Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Lambert

Subs not used: Boruc, Steven Davis, Ramirez, Mayuka, De Ridder.

Goals: Lambert 10, Rodriguez 24, Wilkinson OG 36

Booked: Fonte, Rodriguez

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 26,391

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MCaptain Ryan Shawcross and full-back
Geoff Cameron were both serving one-match suspensions for picking up
five yellow cards, with Matthew Upson and Ryan Shotton coming in, and
the reshuffle seemed to unsettle the Potters.

Poor defending allowed Rickie Lambert to open the scoring 10 minutes in
and, although Kenwyne Jones soon equalised, Jay Rodriguez was presented
with Saints' second in the 24th minute.

An Andy Wilkinson own goal in the 36th minute summed up a miserable half
for the hosts, but they responded in the second period and Matthew
Upson pulled one back in the 67th minute.

Steven Nzonzi was sent off soon after but Stoke kept pressing and got
their reward, sending Southampton back into the bottom three.

Defensive stability has been one of Stoke's key strengths and there were
signs the changes would have a big effect when Southampton scored in
the 10th minute.

It was the first chance of the game and would have infuriated Stoke boss
Tony Pulis as none of his defenders cut out Guly Do Prado's cross and
Lambert had the simple task of poking in at the back post.

The hosts should have been level inside two minutes when Nzonzi's shot
was deflected to Jones in space at the back post, but somehow he skewed
his shot wide.

However, the big striker made amends in the 16th minute in some style with a lovely backheel from Ryan Shotton's low cross

Flying start: The Southampton players celebrate Rickie Lambert's opener at the Britannia Stadium

Flying start: The Southampton players celebrate Rickie Lambert's opener at the Britannia Stadium

Stoke looked the more likely to add to their tally at that point but
they well and truly shot themselves in the foot to hand Southampton a
second goal in the 24th minute.

There did not look too much danger when Lambert swung in a cross from
the right but Robert Huth beat his goalkeeper to the ball and poked it
against the bar, leaving Rodriguez a tap-in.

The visitors had their tails up, with Jason Puncheon causing a lot of
trouble on the right, and he twisted and turned his way past Andy
Wilkinson before firing in a shot that Asmir Begovic pushed behind.

All square: Kenwyne Jones was in the right place to equalise for Stoke

All square: Kenwyne Jones was in the right place to equalise for Stoke

Puncheon played a key part in Saints' third goal after 36 minutes, with
his cross headed towards goal by Lambert before Wilkinson stabbed it
over the line.

Stoke started the second half brightly, no doubt responding to a few
choice words from Pulis, and Michael Kightly fired in a shot from
distance that Kelvin Davis comfortably held onto.

There was a worrying moment for Pulis when Huth and Wilkinson clashed
heads, drawing blood from both, but they were bandaged up and able to
continue, although Huth had to change his shorts as well as his shirt.

We'll take it: Lambert (far left) and Jay Rodriguez were celebrating after Andy Wilkinson's own goal

We'll take it: Lambert (far left) and Jay Rodriguez were celebrating after Andy Wilkinson's own goal

Pulis threw on a third striker as Jerome replaced Matthew Etherington,
and Stoke began to pepper the Southampton box with crosses.

It was not all about the hosts, though, and Saints really should have
added a fourth in the 65th minute as they split Stoke's defence open
once again.

Lambert played in Rodriguez, who was denied by a fine save from Begovic,
but the ball fell to Do Prado with the goal gaping only for the striker
to shoot wide.

Three an easy: Rodriguez (left) looked to have won the game for the visitors

Three an easy: Rodriguez (left) looked to have won the game for the visitors

And that miss looked very costly a minute later as Stoke pulled one
back. For once Southampton failed to deal with a corner and Upson
squeezed his shot under Davis, who should have done better.

The Potters then appealed vociferously for a penalty when Jose Fonte
appeared clearly to handle a cross in a challenge with Jones, but
referee Mark Clattenburg was unmoved.

And Stoke's hopes of getting something from the game were then dealt a
real blow when Nzonzi was shown a straight red card in the 71st minute
for a challenge on Jack Cork.

Cut up: Robert Huth was left bleeding after a collision with Stoke team-mate Wilkinson

Cut up: Robert Huth was left bleeding after a collision with Stoke team-mate Wilkinson

The midfielder caught Cork with a painful blow but it looked a harsh
decision and Nzonzi was clearly unhappy as he left the pitch.

Pulis made his final change, sending on Peter Crouch for Kightly,
meaning Michael Owen would have to be content with a return to the bench
after two months out of the squad.

Seeing red: Nzonzi is sent off by Mark Clattenburg

Seeing red: Nzonzi is sent off by Mark Clattenburg

Seeing red: Nzonzi is sent off by Mark Clattenburg

Jerome was booked for protesting that Maya Yoshida had handled in the
area as the hosts desperately sought a late equaliser, and when the
striker did put the ball in the net shortly after he was rightly flagged
for offside.

Jerome was not to be denied, though, crashing in a tremendous shot off
the underside of the bar as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, and
Stoke might even have won it but Davis kept out a Crouch header at the
death.

Liverpool must improve in the Premier League after defeat to Stoke says Brendan Rodgers

We won't move up the table without consistency, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 27 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers admits that Liverpool's season is in danger of being derailed by a lack of consistency.

Four days after dispatching Fulham 4-0, the Reds lost 3-1 against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in a lacklustre performance.

Prior to the victory over the Cottagers, Rodgers' side had suffered a surprise loss at home to Aston Villa and the Northern Irishman accepted the up and down nature of their results was hindering their attempts to move up the Barclays Premier League table.

Sloppy: Rodgers believes Liverpool must put together a run of wins if they are to achieve their goals this season

Sloppy: Rodgers believes Liverpool must put together a run of wins if they are to achieve their goals this season

'Consistency is the biggest thing for the group,' he said.

'We were terrific at the weekend but you have to be able to put some runs of games together – if not you will make two or three steps forward and then take one or two back.

'Maybe that has been the nature of the group over the last couple of years.

'We are looking to improve that and there is an awful lot of work to do.'

Rodgers blamed the concession of soft goals for the defeat, which extended their winless run at the Britannia Stadium to five matches.

Battle: Despite taking the lead through Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were overrun by a combative Stoke side

Battle: Despite taking the lead through Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were overrun by a combative Stoke side

Steven Gerrard had put them ahead from a penalty awarded after just 32 seconds but Jon Walters scored twice either side of a Kenwyne Jones header as the Potters ran out worthy winners.

'We were 1-0 up at a difficult place to score goals and we wanted to gain the initiative from that,' he added.

'But the goals we conceded were very soft and if you do that it is always going to be uphill in terms of getting a result.

'The first one is unfortunate as Martin Skrtel slips and Walters finished well, but the other two goals… we have to be better than that.

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

'It is not all about football. You have to earn the right to play, particularly coming here.

'I have no doubt about the characters we have but it was too easy.'

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said the way his side responded to their early setback reflected the confidence and character within the team as a whole.

'It was a great result and performance,' he said.

'I thought the response after going a goal behind after just 30 seconds was absolutely fantastic and epitomises what the group are about at the moment.

We've played games where we've created more chances and finished 0-0 so we have been creating the chances but not been taking them.

'We have tremendous respect for Liverpool and we are very proud to host a game against such a great club and when you beat them it gives you great delight, it is always special.'

Walters' second, controlling a flick-on from Jones on his chest and volleying past Jose Reina, was the pick of the goals, and took the striker level with Ricardo Fuller as the club's all-time leading Premier League scorer with 18.

'It was a great finish and I am very pleased for Walts,' Pulis added.

'His commitment to the group is fabulous and he is a good player as well.'

Jonathan Walters praises Stoke"s character as they comeback to beat Liverpool

Walters praises Stoke's character as they come from behind to beat Liverpool

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 26 December 2012

Two-goal hero Jonathan Walters hailed his side's character and work ethic after Stoke recovered from a nightmare start to claim a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Liverpool.

There were only 32 seconds on the clock when Luis Suarez won a penalty which Steven Gerrard converted to put Liverpool ahead at the Britannia Stadium.

However, Stoke stormed back and within 10 minutes had turned the game on its head through goals from Walters and Kenwyne Jones, and then a second from boyhood Everton fan Walters just after half-time sealed the victory for Tony Pulis' men.

Never give in: Jon Walters and Liverpool's Suso battle for the ball

Never give in: Jon Walters and Liverpool's Suso battle for the ball

Walters was full of praise for his side after they extended their unbeaten run to nine matches, telling Sky Sports 1: 'We all work for each other, right from the back to the front. It was a full team effort from us today and a great win for us.

'We haven't conceded many this year, and to concede so early…but we've always got fight in us, and there was never any chance we were just going to lie down and take it.

'So from 1-0 down we showed great character to get back into the game and some good play from all over the team, especially the second half.'

Jumping for joy: Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal

Jumping for joy: Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side should have done much better with all three goals they conceded and, as a result of their defensive failings, said they did not deserve to get anything out of the game.

He said: 'It was a great start for us, when you come away from home it's great to go a goal up, but we just gave away poor goals tonight. I think all three goals were actually quite straightforward to defend.

'Obviously Martin Skrtel slips (for the first), which is unfortunate, but the other two goals we've got to do much better than that. So that was the disappointment really.

Where did it all go wrong Brendan Rodgers watched his side take the lead and then lose the game 3-1

Where did it all go wrong Brendan Rodgers watched his side take the lead and then lose the game 3-1

'We got into some good areas but ultimately when you come to places like here, which is a difficult place to come, you've got to defend better or else you get nothing, and we probably deserve nothing because of that.'

Rodgers also praised Stoke and the work being done by Pulis.

'I've always said they probably don't quite get the credit they deserve. Tony's done a brilliant job here, keeping them in this division and keeping them progressing,' he added.

David Moyes calls on referees to address grappling issue

Moyes calls on referees to clamp down on penalty area grappling issue

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes has called on referees to make their mind up on grappling in the area and to remain consistent on the issue.

Moyes said: 'It's not part of the game. But the only people who can stop it are the referees. If they think that it is OK, then they have got to tell us.'

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be contesting his three-match ban.

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

The Belgian midfielder was found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the 25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

The Toffees have also thrown their support behind the Hillsborough charity single which is on course to become Christmas No 1.

The single has been released to raise funds for the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster in April 1989.

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Moyes said: 'It's great news for the families. When I heard the news a couple of months ago, I was outraged that the police would do that and fabricate the evidence. I’m delighted for the families.

'But (for the song) I think some credit should go to Bill Kenwright. On the night (of the Newcastle game) he was wondering whether to play “walk on” but in the end he decided for 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

He felt that was more fitting. It should not go amiss that he chose the song. Let's hope that it raises some (significant) money for the families.'

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Marouane Fellaini could be fined 150,000 for Ryan Shawcross headbutt

Fellaini could be heading for 150k fine after furious Moyes confirms Everton won't contest three-match ban for Shawcross butt

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UPDATED:

08:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of
up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be
contesting his three-match ban.

The Belgian midfielder was found
guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after
they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender
Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider
himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as
referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the
25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

The games he will miss…

West Ham (away), Saturday, December 22

Wigan (home), Wednesday, December 26

Chelsea (home), Sunday, December 30

Moyes is furious with Fellaini for
letting himself and the club down and he will be hit in the pocket. The
maximum fine Everton can impose is two weeks, which equates to 150,000.

Everton had until 6pm today to lodge
an appeal against the ban, which rules him out of games against West
Ham, Wigan and Chelsea, but Moyes has confirmed they will accept the
charge.

Moyes, who expressed contrition
immediately after the game on Saturday, said: 'We were always going to
accept whatever punishment we got. We know he did wrong. We apologise
for the incident.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The
referee confirmed he saw two other incidents, in the 71st and 91st
minutes, also involving Fellaini and Shawcross, neither of which he
deemed violent conduct.'

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

While some will feel Fellaini has got
off lightly, there is no suggestion Everton will go easy on the former
Standard Liege man during his enforced absence and Moyes remains
mystified as to why he acted with such recklessness.

Fellaini, who was last week named
Everton's player of the month for November, has been the driving force
behind his side's eye-catching form this season and his seven goals have
helped give Moyes a platform to strike for Europe in the New Year.

Though Fellaini is understood to be
distraught about what happened, he has put an unnecessary burden at the
busiest time of the campaign on a squad that is already stretched to the
limit.

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Kevin Mirallas is out with a
hamstring problem, Tony Hibbert has undergone a operation on his calf
that could mean he is sidelined for two months while captain Phil
Neville has missed the last four weeks after knee surgery.

This is not the first time Fellaini
has angered Moyes this season. In September he said during an
international break with Belgium that he would leave Goodison Park if
Everton could not give him Champions League football.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris St Germain all remain interested in Fellaini.

Joey Barton slams FA over Marouane Fellaini suspension

Barton still bitter over 12-game ban as midfielder has dig at FA over Fellaini suspension

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09:54 GMT, 18 December 2012

Joey Barton has mocked the FA over their lenient ban for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian has escaped with a three-match suspension despite headbutting Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross during their running battle at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

He could also face a fine of 150,000 as manager David Moyes is furious that he will be without his star player for the crucial Christmas period, which includes games against West Ham and Chelsea.

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Head to head: Marouane Fellaini and Ryan Shawcross had a running battle

Barton, the QPR midfielder currently on loan at Marseille, tweeted to his nearly two million followers: 'Wouldn't wanna see a fellow pro banned for a long period but you gotta' love the FA's consistency, haven't you #felliani'

Barton himself was banned by the FA for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being sent off and reacting violently at Manchester City on the explosive final day of the Barclays Premier League season.

The FA appointed an independent regulatory commission who dished out the heavy punishment after he elbowed Carlos Tevez in the face and then kicked out at Sergio Aguero as he left the pitch.

Letting rip: Joey Barton has been on Twitter having a dig at the FA over Fellaini

Letting rip: Joey Barton has been on Twitter having a dig at the FA over Fellaini

On Saturday referee Mark Halsey and his assistants missed Fellaini's headbutt at a corner in the 59th minute, as well as several other incidents involving the two players during the 1-1 draw.

In two separate clashes between the pair later the Everton midfielder appeared to elbow Shawcross in the face and then swipe at him with his right hand.

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Hammered: Barton landed a lengthy ban for his tantrum at Manchester City

Marouane Fellaini banned for three matches for Ryan Shawcross headbutt

Fellaini banned for three matches after accepting violent conduct charge for Shawcross headbutt

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 17 December 2012

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been banned for three matches after accepting a charge of violent conduct for his clash with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

The Football Association brought the charge retrospectively after reviewing footage of Everton's 1-1 draw with Stoke in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Fellaini and Everton accepted the
charge, little surprise considering the player had already apologised
and his manager David Moyes also condemned the incident, meaning he will
miss the Toffees' next three games.

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

The games he will miss…

West Ham (away), Saturday, December 22

Wigan (home), Wednesday, December 26

Chelsea (home), Sunday, December 30

The ban is the equivalent of what the 25-year-old would have received had referee Mark Halsey seen the incident at the Britannia Stadium and issued a red card.

Fellaini will now miss Everton's Christmas fixtures against West Ham, Wigan and Chelsea and will not be available again until the trip to Newcastle on January 2.

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

Fellaini's absence will be sorely felt by Everton after an inspirational first half of the season.

The
Belgium international has scored eight goals and been the driving force
of a team currently fifth in the table and pushing for a Champions
League place.

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

The FA's statement read: 'The FA has charged Everton's Marouane Fellaini retrospectively with violent conduct following his side's game at Stoke City on Saturday 15 December, 2012.

'The charge is in relation to an incident in the 59th minute involving Fellaini and Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross, which was not seen by the match officials, but caught on video.

'The referee confirmed that he saw two further incidents in the 71st and 91st minutes, also involving Fellaini and Shawcross, neither of which he deemed to be violent conduct.'

A report on Everton's website confirmed that the Merseyside club would accept the charge.

Fellaini issued a statement after the game apologising for his actions.

He said: 'I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team mates and to our fans at the game.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.

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

'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.'

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, gave credit Fellaini for his apology and to Moyes, who said he expected punishment.

Taylor said: 'It is good to see the lad has apologised for his actions.

'It is disappointing, he has had a great season and obviously it is an aberration.

'It was refreshing to hear the manager accept what he did was wrong and for the player to apologise. He's prepared to accept what comes his way.'

Maroune Fellaini wanted by Everton

He's the Fella-ini for us! Chelsea target 20m raid for Everton midfielder

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UPDATED:

14:53 GMT, 17 December 2012

Chelsea are planning a 20million raid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini when the January transfer window opens.

Fellaini has been one of the Barclays Premier League success stories this season afetr a run of eight goals in 16 appearances for the Toffees this season.

Wanted man: The Everton midfielder is being tracked by Chelsea

Wanted man: The Everton midfielder is being tracked by Chelsea

But he hit the headlines at the weekend after head-butting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in an off-the-ball incident at the Britannia Stadium.

This has not deterred the Blues who want the Belgium international to shore-up their midfield, according to the Evening Standard.

Head boy: Fellaini has landed himself in hot water over this incident

Head boy: Fellaini has landed himself in hot water over this incident

Fellaini signed a new five-year deal at Goodison Park a year ago, but could be tempted away by an offers from Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old joins Radamel Falcao and Theo Walcott on the Roman Abramovich's shopping list to ensure the club's already faltering season doesn't totally collapse.