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Blair Turgott scores hat-trick as West Ham beat QPR 3-1 in a friendly at Upton Park

VIDEO: West Ham and QPR field first-team stars in friendly, but 18-year-old Turgott steals the show at Upton Park

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

19:13 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 19 March 2013

Blair Turgott stole the show with a hat-trick on Tuesday afternoon as West Ham saw off QPR 3-1 in a friendly at Upton Park.

The 18-year-old scored twice in the first half before completing his hat-trick early in the second period in a match which saw both sides field a number of players from their first-team squad.

Adel Taarabt scored a free-kick just after half-time for QPR, who gave run-outs to Nedum Onuoha,
Jamie Mackie, Esteban Granero, Jay Bothroyd, Shaun Derry, Luke Young and Junior Hoilett.

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Star: 18-year-old Blair Turgott (second left) scored a hat-trick for West Ham at Upton Park

Star: 18-year-old Blair Turgott (second left) scored a hat-trick for West Ham at Upton Park

High-profile friendly: Marouane Chamakh and Shaun Derry compete for a header

High-profile friendly: Marouane Chamakh and Shaun Derry compete for a header

West Ham's team featured Marouane Chamakh, Wellington Paulista, James Tomkins, Jordan Spence and George McCartney, who hasn't featured for the first team since December due to a knee injury.

Turgott opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with a long-range effort that flew into the top corner, before adding a second 16 minutes later with a measured, curling finish into the bottom corner.

Taarabt's free-kick two minutes after half-time reduced QPR's deficit to 2-1 before Turgott cut inside right back Young before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 52nd minute.

The game also featured Canada Under 20 international goalkeeper Jordan Santiago, 21, who is on trail with West Ham.

VIDEO: Watch Blair Turgott's hat-trick

New York Knicks 102-87 Detroit Pistons: Premier League stars old and new flood to glitzy NBA game in London

New York Knicks 102 Detroit Pistons 87: Premier League stars old and new flood to glitzy NBA game in London

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

22:51 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 18 January 2013

A host of Premier League stars past and present sat courtside as the NBA brought its unique brand of razzamatazz to London tonight.

The New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in a regular-season game in front of a sell-out 18,689 crowd at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich.

Thierry Henry was
joined by former team-mates Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, while QPR’s
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand and Armand Traore took a break
from fighting relegation to attend. Darren Bent, out of favour at Aston
Villa, saw some rare action too.

Thierry Henry and film director Spike Lee pose for a photo before the game

Connected: Thierry Henry and film director Spike Lee pose for a photo before the game

Ashley Cole

David Luiz

Donning the hats: Chelsea stars Ashley Cole and David Luiz sit courtside

Clint Dempsey, Jack Butland, Ryan Bertrand, Sylvain Distin, Tim Howard and Marouane Chamakh were all in the stands too.

Ashley Cole was here courtesy of his
friend Dave Hancock, the Knicks’ English director of training and
conditioning who was once physio at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

The England left-back proved an
unwelcome spectator however, with loud boos emanating when cameras
projected his image onto the big screen midway through the third period.
Think George Osborne at the Paralympics.

Spurs Clint Dempsey (centre) along with Everton's Tim Howard (left) and Sylvain Distin (right)

Night out: Spurs Clint Dempsey (centre) along with Everton's Tim Howard (left) and Sylvain Distin (right)

Cole kept his capped head bowed, though, and carried on his conversation, ignoring the jeers.

To be fair, Bacary Sagna was also moderately booed when cameras picked him out, so maybe it was simply pantomime season extending into January.

We were treated to Alexandra Burke
singing the national anthem with full X-Factor gusto beforehand as well
as Jake Whitehall and James Cordon shooting free-throws poorly at an
interval.

On the court Carmelo Anthony was once
again the Knicks stand-out performer, scoring a game-high 26 points to
show why he takes home $20million (12m) a year in wages.

Recently retired Fabrice Muamba (centre) enjoys the action

Cheeky grin: Recently retired Fabrice Muamba (centre) enjoys the action

Detroit Pistons (white) attempt a shot in front of the packed stands

Where's the ball gone: Detroit Pistons (white) attempt a shot in front of the packed stands

Aside from the eye-catching
three-pointers, the most memorable moments were Austin Daye’s mid-air
take-out of Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert’s astonishing miss when
striving for a slam dunk.

This is the third time in three years the NBA has come to England in a bid to widen its appeal.

But David Stern, the 70-year-old NBA
commissioner, gave a blunt appraisal of basketball’s chances when asked
if it could ever rival football for popularity. ‘In England Are you
kidding No chance’, he said.

‘We’re trying to work our way up to
somewhere underneath cricket and rugby. We have a wonderful amount of to
learn from the EPL. We met with Richard Scudamore and swapped stories
and the like to get smarter.

Pistons' cheerleaders prove the star pre-match entertainers

Crowd-pleaser: Pistons' cheerleaders prove the star pre-match entertainers

‘We have so much room to improve and
grow by leaps and bounds and then it would be some small fraction of the
love that the British have for football.’

He
did, however, add he was ‘confounded’ by UK Sport’s decision to cut
8.6m funding from British basketball following London 2012.

‘If
I were an enterprise deciding where to invest, I would think of
basketball. Our game is welcoming, inclusive, progressive and very
diverse.’

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) watches on

Relaxing: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) watches on

Pistons center Andre Drummond (left) comes in underneath Knicks center Tyson Chandler

Giant leap: Pistons center Andre Drummond (left) comes in underneath New york Knicks center Tyson Chandler

Darren Bent puts his league form behind him to make a public appearance

Day off: Darren Bent puts his league form behind him to make a public appearance


Anton Ferdinand fails to be inconspicuous

Eager beaver: Anton Ferdinand with Alan Hansen peeking from the foreground

Henry explains the basic to Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Deep in conversation: Henry explains the basic to Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna

Sagna takes the presenter role as he laps up the attention

Reporter: Sagna takes the presenter role as he laps up the attention

Gareth Bale tweeted a picture of him watching the NBA

What a TV! Gareth Bale tweeted a picture of him watching the NBA

The cheerleaders certainly weren't feeling the chill of the British winter

Not a bad start: The cheerleaders certainly weren't feeling the chill of the British winter

A full-house at the o2 arena watch the third NBA regular-season game in Europe

Get set: A full-house at the o2 arena watch the third NBA regular-season game in Europe

The ref takes a hasty back-step away from the jumping players

Tip off: The ref takes a hasty back-step away from the jumping players

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony goes inside Pistons Tayshaun Prince

One-on-one: New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony goes inside Pistons Tayshaun Prince

Pistons' Rodney Stuckey (white) attempts a 2-pointer watched by Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire

Slam dunk: Pistons' Rodney Stuckey (white) attempts a 2-pointer watched by Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire

Kincks head coach Mike Woodson reacts to a referee decision

Not just in football: Kincks head coach Mike Woodson reacts to a referee decision

Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks tries to block the shot from Pistons' Will Bynum

Reaching for the basket: Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks tries to block the shot from Pistons' Will Bynum

Pistons' Stuckey shows off some very unfashionable leggings

Tights Pistons' Stuckey shows off some very unfashionable leggings

Knicks point guard Iman Shumpert smiles on his return from injury

No laughing matter: Knicks point guard Iman Shumpert smiles on his return from injury

James Corden and Jack Whitehall demonstrate just why they aren't basketball players

On court: James Corden and Jack Whitehall demonstrate just why they aren't basketball players

James Corden

James Corden

Future pro Corden gives it a go during a break but seems to suffer from the pressure

J.R Smith and Steve Novak of the Knicks have a cheeky barge

Celebration: J.R Smith and Steve Novak of the Knicks have a cheeky barge

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony salutes his fans

World famous: Knicks' Carmelo Anthony salutes his fans

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Match report

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Blues cruise into fourth round with comfortable win at Abbey Business Stadium

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 7 January 2013

Everton avoided an FA Cup third round upset in Gloucestershire as they eased past League Two high-flyers Cheltenham on Monday.

Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on Marouane Fellaini's rebounded effort and Leighton Baines converted a penalty shortly after as the Premier League side led 2-0 at half-time.

Leon Osman made it 3-0 within minutes of the restart before Russell Penn pulled one back for Cheltenham.

But Seamus Coleman restored the three-goal cushion moments later and Fellaini rounded off the scoring just before the end as Victor Anichebe provided assists for both goals.

Everton will travel to either Bolton or Sunderland in the fourth round at the end of January.

More to follow

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Osman scored the third goal

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

MATCH FACTS:

Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan (Deering 80), Pack, Carter (Taylor 66), Mohamed, Penn, Goulding (Duffy 66).

Subs not used: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Harrad.

Goal: Penn 51.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines (Gueye 63), Neville, Osman (Naismith 68), Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 80).

Subs not used: Mucha, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Jelavic 12, Baines (pen) 21, Osman 49, Coleman 58, Fellaini 89.

Att: 6,891

Referee: Kevin Friend

Allardyce ready to raid former club for Swedish left back

Hammers target Blackburn defender as Allardyce ramps up January transfer activity

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

13:34 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:34 GMT, 4 January 2013

Sam Allardyce will look at signing Martin Olsson to cover West Ham's need for a new left back.

The Swedish international played under Allardyce when he was in charge of Blackburn and handed in a transfer request last summer with his agent stating he would refuse to play in the Championship.

But Olsson stayed and has played 21 times this season. He would cost around 2million.

Reunion: Allardyce want to reunite with Blackburn's Martin Ollsson (centre) at Upton Park

Target: Martin Olsson is one of the players Sam Allardyce would like at West Ham

Allardyce said: ‘If they have made Martin available I would definitely be interested because I worked with the lad at Blackburn when I was there for two years.

‘I had a really good time developing him into what I consider to be quite a good player.

Swede: The 24-year-old is currently first choice left back for Sweden and has won 14 caps for his country

Capped: Olsson (left) has already won 14 caps for Sweden

‘But whether Blackburn are wanting to sell anybody in their plight to get back into the Premier League I don’t know.

‘We’ll need to find a left back as quick as we can. Joey O’Brien has a tight hamstring and George McCartney is out for a number of weeks. So our left back area is a little weak at the moment.

Allardyce also confirmed his interest in Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh.

On the move: Marouane Chamakh (right) in training with Arsenal team-mate Abou Diaby on Thursday

On the move: Marouane Chamakh (right) in training with Arsenal team-mate Abou Diaby on Thursday

‘We’ve made an inquiry,’ he said. ‘The situation I have with Andy Carroll being injured and Modibo Maiga going to the African Cup of Nations, this moment as a striker we have Carlton Cole and that’s it.'

Jamie Redknapp"s team of season so far… more Stoke players than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

My team of the season so far… and why I've picked more Stoke players than from City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 31 December 2012

Sportsmail's dream teams

Click below to read:

Neil Ashton's London 2012 team

Martin Keown's Arsenal/Spurs XI

Dominic King's Mersey stars of 2012

It's never easy picking these teams – and I'm sure you'll tell me where I'm going wrong!

How can I possibly leave out the exciting and entertaining Santi Cazorla or the powerful and productive Marouane Fellaini Both would get into most teams, but I would argue I have better players and I need to have some balance too.

Joe Hart is, in my opinion, the best goalkeeper in the world, but he has not been in the best form – and nor has Manchester United's David De Gea. Stoke have been defensively excellent and their goalkeeper, who may well move to a bigger club soon, has been very good. And so has their captain, Ryan Shawcross.

Santi Cazorla

Marouane Fellaini

You're out: Sorry Santi, sorry Marouane… there's just no room in my team for you two!

And here's how it breaks down, team-by-team…

Stoke – 2 players
Manchester United – 2 players
Swansea – 2 players
Manchester City – 1 player
Everton – 1 player
Chelsea – 1 player
Liverpool – 1 player
Spurs – 1 player

If you had told me at the start of
the season, I would be picking a half-term team with more Stoke players
than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal, I would have asked for
the smelling salts.
Swansea too have two players, as do Manchester United.

There are no Arsenal players in my XI. No Wayne Rooney. No Sergio Aguero, or David Silva.
But my team has goals: Michu in midfield, Bale, Suarez and Robin van Persie in attacking positions and Michael Carrick to supply the passes.

I have two attacking full-backs, including the excellent Leighton Baines. Imagine Baines, Bale and Mata lining up for a free-kick.

So here's my line-up (4-3-3) …

Goalkeeper:
Asmir Begovic (Stoke)

Asmir Begovic

Defenders (right-left):
Pablo Zabaleta (Man
City)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)
Leighton Baines (Everton)

Pablo Zabaleta

Ashley Williams

Just try and get past this fab four: (clockwise from top left) Zabaleta, Williams, Baines, Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross

Leighton Baines

Midfielders:
Michael Carrick
(Man United)
Michu (Swansea)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Michu

Goal threat: Michu

Juan Mata

Spain in the neck: Juan Mata

Attackers:
Gareth Bale (Spurs)
Luis Suarez
(Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (Man United)

Gareth Bale

Luis Suarez

Fearsome: Bale, Suarez and Van Persie would form a mouthwatering forward line in my dream team

Robin van Persie

West Ham Gael Givet, Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh

Hammers eye move for Rovers defender Givet and wants strikers Kalou and Chamakh

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

West Ham are weighing up a move for Blackburn Rovers French defender Gael Givet, 31, who is out of contract in the summer.

Manager Sam Allardyce remains keen on a loan for Lille forward Salomon Kalou and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Wanted man: Salomon Kalou

Marouane Chamakh

Wanted men: Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh are West Ham targets

Leeds will compete with Norwich City for Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith. Swansea are hopeful of signing Bristol City winger Albert Adomah for 3m.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is talking terms with Motherwell winger Jamie Murphy after agreeing a 100,000 fee.

Andrey Arshavin wanted by Reading

Arshavin heading to Reading as Royals' Russian owner looks to bolster survival bid

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 26 December 2012

Frozen out: Arshavin

Frozen out: Arshavin

Arsenal outcast Andrey Arshavin is close to sealing a January move to relegation-threatened Reading.

The Gunners signed him for 15million in 2009 but he has held talks over a switch to the Madejski Stadium, where billionaire Russian owner Anton Zingarevich wants the 31-year-old – a superstar in their homeland – to bolster his struggling squad.

Arsenal are listening to offers for Arshavin, out of contract at the end of the season, as they try to shift his 85,000-a-week contract off the wage bill.

Arsenal, who are willing to take a hefty loss on the forward, could offload him for as little as 2m. Sources close to Arshavin insist he is taking the offer seriously, given his frustration at Arsenal and the chance to link up with compatriot Zingarevich.

Reading have made an informal offer for Arshavin, who has been told he can leave if he can find the right deal for him and Arsenal straight away. His old club Zenit St Petersburg are keen, as are Fulham.

Marouane Chamakh, on 60,000 a week, is the other big earner Arsenal will try to off-load in January. West Ham and Norwich are keen.

West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

West Ham 1 Everton 2: Two off as Pienaar strikes to send Toffees fourth

PUBLISHED:

16:53 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 22 December 2012

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and
Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt
the latter's victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the
top four after controversially deciding Cole had left his foot in on
Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

Today's game was a test of how Everton and their opponents coped without their midfield heavyweights, with Toffees star Marouane Fellaini starting a three-match ban and Hammers talisman Mohamed Diame still out injured.

There certainly appeared to be a lack of drive from both sides in the opening moments and it was no surprise to see the first chance arrive via a set-piece in the ninth minute.

Baines delivered the type of devilish free-kick that is certain to keep him in the thoughts of bigger clubs with the transfer window looming, the unmarked Sylvain Distin nodding it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Having yesterday called for clarification on “grappling” in the box, the irony surely could not have been lost on Everton boss David Moyes.

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

His players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired
West Ham in front two minutes later, the striker cutting inside the
recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive
from the edge of the box.

Heitinga continued to flounder and Moyes must have been ruing his
decision to switch Phil Jagielka to right-back in order to accommodate
the surprise return of Phil Neville from knee surgery, the Toffees
captain filling in for Fellaini.

The pace dipped again, although Osman almost provided a moment of
inspiration when Nikica Jelavic just strayed offside onto the
midfielder's through-ball.

Jelavic got his timing all wrong again four minutes after half-time when
a rare mistake from James Collins saw the ball ricochet through to the
striker, who could only send it straight at Jaaskelainen.

hIGH BALL: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

High ball: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

On the ball: Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

On the ball: Everton's Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

Gibson curled a free-kick narrowly wide and Everton continued to probe,
prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo
Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off
immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong.

Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute
and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South
African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made a the call that swung the game.

Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely
made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge.

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six
minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by
Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

Ten-man West Ham refused to concede defeat and Nolan almost made amends by volleying narrowly wide.

Several substitutions followed, including Jack Collison's first appearance of the season after knee surgery.

And just as the game was drifting towards the final whistle, it exploded into life in the dying seconds.

Jelavic sent a rebound wide from barely six yards and Nolan was unable to prod home after being played in at the other end.

And Gibson then saw red for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on
Mark Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

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.