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Luis Suarez latest Liverpool will NOT appeal ten-match ban for bite

Suarez will NOT appeal 10-match FA ban for biting Ivanovic… and it's his own decision

PUBLISHED:

12:40 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Luis Suarez will not appeal the 10-match ban handed to him by the FA for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez had until midday today to lodge an appeal, with the club reportedly leaving the decision to the Uruguayan himself.

The 26-year-old had already accepted the three-match suspension for violent conduct, but will not contest the additional punishment.

Scroll down for video of Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

Appeal: Suarez has decided to fight against the 10-match ban he was handed by the Football Association

A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will now serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three.

The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool's next ten domestic first-team fixtures.

Closed: Suarez during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on Wednesday

Closed: Suarez during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on Wednesday

Blame game: Graham Poll is relieved referee Kevin Friend (right) was not blamed for missing the incident

Blame game: Graham Poll is relieved referee Kevin Friend (right) was not blamed for missing the incident

Prime Minister David Cameron said today that Suarez's bite on Ivanovic set an 'appalling example' to his seven-year-old son.

Cameron told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that his intervention in the matter was merely that of a concerned father.

'I made my own views clear just as a dad watching the game,' he said.

Prime criticism: Even Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here appearing on BBC Breakfast, told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that players behaving like this sets an 'appalling example'

Prime criticism: Even Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that players behaving like this sets an 'appalling example'

'I've got a seven-year-old son who just loves watching football and when players behave like this it just sets the most appalling example to young people in our country.'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday accused the FA of double standards and throwing Suarez out with the ‘garbage’.

Rodgers spoke publicly
yesterday for the first time since Suarez was banned for 10 games for
biting Ivanovic.

And he did not hold back,
insisting the punishment was ‘not right’ and ‘too severe’.

Goalkeeper
Pepe Reina went even further, saying it was ‘absurd, out of proportion
and unfair’ and that the authorities had ‘got it in for Luis’.

He needs help: Suarez has launched an impassioned defence of his under-fire striker

He needs help: Suarez has launched an impassioned defence of his under-fire striker

Brendan Rodgers 'shocked' by length of Suarez ban

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Rodgers believes the three-person Independent Regulatory Committee that imposed the ban were prejudiced by the fact the FA had already announced they considered the offence worthy of more than a three-match ban.

Further to that, he claimed the FA’s disciplinary procedures were inconsistent and said he was mystified by the Prime Minister’s decision to enter the debate.

Rodgers said: ‘Luis has not let me down one bit. He is a player who fell well below the standards of this football club but that doesn’t mean he should be thrown to the garbage, which is what has happened from a lot of people these last few days.

Luis Suarez is seen laughing and joking with his team-mates

Luis Suarez is seen laughing and joking with his team-mates

In the mix: Suarez looked in high spirits during this afternoon's training session on Merseyside

‘I certainly won’t be prepared to do
that. I don’t believe the sanction fits with what he did. There’s no
doubt if you have those high-profile figures making those sorts of
statements, there will be a bias.

‘It’s human nature. If you have people reading and listening to things,
when they sit down to talk about it supposedly for the first time,
people would argue whether they already had a decision in their minds.
That process, for me, would need to change.

‘You have an FA council member, an FA county representative and an
ex-player, so I don’t know how it is independent. That has to be looked
at and this is probably not the first time it’s been said.

All smiles: Luis Suarez trains with Liverpool the day after he was hit with a ten-game ban

All smiles: Luis Suarez trains with Liverpool the day after he was hit with a ten-game ban

‘I felt Luis would maybe get more than three games. But we had hoped
there would be something in there that would allow him a greater
opportunity to rehabilitate. The bigger thing in all of this is to try
to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’

Rodgers made a clumsy analogy yesterday in comparing Suarez’s moment of madness to a tennis player smashing his racket.

But he argued that the length of the punishment was unfair in comparison
to two similar cases in 2006; one saw Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe escape
punishment for biting West Ham’s Javier Mascherano, while the other saw
Chester’s Sean Hessey receive five matches for biting Stockport’s Liam
Dickinson.

‘I feel the punishment has been against the man rather than the
incident,’ Rodgers said. ‘That is my underlying feeling. There was
euphoria around the time that it happened. Everyone has their opinion.
That’s fine. But when you come away and assess it in the cold light of
day, it was violent conduct.’

Bite club: Suarez sunk his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic during the Premier League match at Anfield

Bite club: Suarez sunk his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic during the Premier League match at Anfield

JAMIE CARRAGHER'S VERDICT

CLICK HERE: Luis was wrong, but before we hound him out let's remember other Liverpool legends were not exactly saints

Again, of course, there is a flaw in Rodgers’ argument. The FA stated
their case that a three-game ban for Suarez was insufficient on the same
day it was revealed Suarez felt three games was ample.

Both sides
stated their positions and it was then left to the independent committee
to make a decision.

The committee can take into consideration past misdemeanours and the
fact Suarez had been banned for 10 games in his Liverpool career, not to
mention his seven-match suspension at Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s
Otman Bakkal, would have counted against him.

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

The FA have also not always been successful in arguing for longer
suspensions. In January, an independent panel decided a three-game ban
for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was sufficient after he tangled with a
Swansea ball boy. On that occasion the FA had called for a longer ban,
too.

Pardew baffled by FA action

Alan Pardew has branded the FA’s disciplinary system flawed and wants the organisation’s decisions to be more consistent.

The Newcastle manager hit out after Wigan’s Callum McManaman escaped a ban for his horror challenge on Toon defender Massadio Hadaira but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games after biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.

‘I don’t think that’s reasonable,’ Pardew said. ‘That is a flaw in the system. All Premier League managers are looking for that committee to give us the answers as to why. You’re always going to have grey areas when it comes to discipline and fines but at least have some consistency. It’s consistency of punishments we’re looking for.

‘The FA need to answer why it was 10 games for Suarez. It’s interesting why it was.’

Suarez serves the first game of his ban when Liverpool play at Newcastle on Saturday.

Liverpool have promised to stand by Suarez, regardless of whether he
appeals, but they are aware his ban could be increased at a new hearing.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann said yesterday Suarez should
‘accept it and get on with it’.

Rodgers, in a club suit at the Melwood training ground rather than his
customary tracksuit, has spoken several times with Suarez and his agent,
Pere Guardiola, in recent days. There will be more discussions and
Suarez will train as normal. But Rodgers admitted the club’s greatest
asset may consider whether he wants to continue playing in England.

‘This is a guy who I see on a daily basis trying very hard,’ said
Rodgers. ‘His passions in life are his family and Liverpool Football
Club. It is part of his make-up, you can’t change that. But he is trying
to adapt the traits he has grown up with to the culture here.

‘Each time he makes a step forward we beat him with a stick and beat him
down. I can understand if he felt like that in a moment of reflection.

‘Am I worried he will knock on my door I am not thinking about that. I
can guide him, like I’ve done this year, and will tell him when he’s
done wrong. We will plan for the future with Luis. There is no other
thought. Luis is very much a player I believe will be here.’

Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with
Suarez but Rodgers added: ‘I’ve had a lot of discussions with Pere
Guardiola that have been very strong. They are very happy with what the
club has done, not only to protect the player but to support him.

‘The objective is to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that is at the forefront of our minds.’

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

VIDEO Liverpool's Managing Director on Suarez controversy

Liverpool to stand by Suarez

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Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

It's not the first time Suarez has used his teeth

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OTHER SUAREZ CONTROVERSIES

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is back in the spotlight after appearing to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield, going on to score a late equaliser.

Here are some of the previous controversies surrounding the Uruguayan forward.

February 2007: Suarez made his international debut for Uruguay against Colombia but was sent off in the final minutes after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.

November 2007: Joined Ajax from Uruguayan side Nacional but he was later suspended by the Dutch giants after a half-time dressing-room altercation with team-mate Albert Luque.

July 2010: During the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the final minute with a deliberate handball on the line and was subsequently sent off. A penalty was awarded but missed by Asamoah Gyan and footage showed Suarez celebrating on the sidelines. Uruguay eventually went through to the last four on penalties.

November 2010: Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

October 2011: Following his move to Liverpool in January 2011, he was involved in a tackle with Everton's Jack Rodwell and goes down with apparent minimal contact. Rodwell was then sent off.

October 2011: Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined 40,000.

December 2011: Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. At this time he had already been charged by the Football Association over the racism incident, although not yet punished, but was handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.

February 2012: United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy blew up as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off.

October 2012: Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that 'divers' such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.

January 2013: Handles the ball prior to scoring Liverpool's winner in the FA Cup third round tie at Mansfield.

April 2013: Bites Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but
escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and
scores Liverpool's equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they
draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield. Fined by club the following day and
charged with violent conduct by the FA. Subsequently handed a 10-match
ban by an independent regulatory commission.

Scottish football fans handed community service after violent clash in retail park

Fans spared jail over violent clash between Dundee and Hamilton fans in retail park

By
Matt Coyle

PUBLISHED:

14:30 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

A gang of hooligans who fought rival fans in a busy retail park as horrified families looked on escaped jail today.

The violent bust-up unfolded at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, between supporters of Hamilton Academical and Dundee.

Two gangs of up to 30 'casuals' ran riot, battered each other and even spat at disgusted onlookers.

Shaun Murray, 27, Liam Fullerton, 18,
Daniel Weir, 21, Jamie Gilchrist, 29, all from Dundee, and Joseph
Roeves, 19, from Hamilton, were on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court last
month.

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

They had denied fighting and causing fear and alarm on the day of a Scottish First Division match on December 3, 2011.

A jury found them guilty but on Tuesday they walked free from court after Sheriff Ray Small ordered each of them to perform 250 hours of unpaid work.

However he refused to hand down Football Banning Orders despite prosecutors asking for them to be imposed.

A 13-day trial had heard how shoppers and young children were forced to run into shops for cover as the violent encounter unfolded.

The gangs, who all dressed in casual clothes and wore no football colours, fought and launched bottles at each other. One innocent man who was with his young daughter was even spat at by one of the thugs.

Sales manager Sean Bicknell, 28, described how mayhem had erupted when the gangs clashed near Accies’ ground.

He
said: 'It was mayhem. I would describe it as a large scale disorder. It
wasn’t just one on one fights going on. It was four on one. My
impression was it was an organised event.'

Lyndsay Farrell, 31, from Motherwell, was shopping in the area at the time the fight broke out.

She told the court how she was forced to take cover in her car as the shocking incident spiralled out of control.

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Miss Farrell said: 'I could see people in front of me who had a hold of one male. They were punching and kicking him and tried to drag him to the ground. A lot of them had bloody noses and things.'

Defence lawyers for all five men said the incident was out of character for them and only Roeves had a previous conviction.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Small said: 'We had to sit through a very lengthy trial about the activities and actions of the accused and particularly those who travelled from Dundee.

'I am in no doubt that those who travelled down got involved in a very unpleasant incident.

'I want to make it clear that if there was evidence that any of you had been personally involved in knocking anyone to the ground, throwing bottles or other violence you would be receiving a prison sentence.

'However it is unclear from the evidence whether you were directly involved in the disorder or were on the fringes but the fact you got involved means you deserve to be punished.

'I will impose a Community Payback Order of 250 hours to be completed over 12 months.'

Sheriff Small said he would tell Hamilton Accademical and Dundee FC of the convictions.

Ryan Devaney, 23, of Dundee had earlier walked free after the jury found the charge against him not proven.

Luis Suarez could be punished by FIFA for punch on Gonzalo Jara

Suarez waiting to hear from FIFA over potential punishment for punching Jara

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

22:49 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:32 GMT, 27 March 2013

FIFA will decide whether to punish Luis Suarez once they have received the referee's report from Uruguay's clash with Chile.

The Liverpool striker was caught on television throwing a punch at Chile's Gonzalo Jara but Nestor Pitana, the match official, took no action, having spoken with the pair after they had jostled at a corner.

If found guilty of violent conduct, Suarez would face a suspension but FIFA will not make any decisions until they have received all the necessary paperwork.

Incident: Luis Suarez hit Gonzalo Jara in the face

Incident: Luis Suarez hit Gonzalo Jara in the face

Banned: Suarez will already serve a suspension for accumulated yellow cards

Banned: Suarez will already serve a suspension for accumulated yellow cards

A FIFA spokesman said: 'We are still collecting all the post-match reports, as the referees have 24 hours to file them. Based on the mentioned reports, FIFA will then act accordingly.'

Suarez is already facing an international suspension after he was booked late in the game against Chile for dissent. He will miss Urugay's next qualifier against Venezuela in June, which works in Liverpool's favour as he will be able to have a proper break before pre-season training in July.

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has underlined the importance of Liverpool's final nine games in the Barclays Premier League when he said the club 'needs' European football to preserve their reputation.

We need this: Jamie Carragher (right) says Liverpool must regain European football

We need this: Jamie Carragher (right) says Liverpool must regain European football

Carragher, who is fit for Sunday's trip to Aston Villa after missing the 3-1 defeat at Southampton with a calf problem, said: 'Liverpool is synonymous with European football. We are a big name in European football and we always need to be there.

'The manager (Brendan Rodgers) will have been brooding since the defeat at Southampton and this game at Villa is very important.'

Alex Ferguson fined 8,500 and Nani banned for one match after Real Madrid red card

Fergie handed 8.5k fine for refusing to speak and Nani banned for one match for red card which led to Champions League exit

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:11 GMT, 22 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 22 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined 8,500 for refusing to speak to the media after Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

According to his assistant Mike Phelan, Ferguson was 'too distraught' to fulfil his media commitments after United went out of Europe 3-2 on aggregate following Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision to show Nani a straight red card in the second half.

The Portugal winger was also banned for one match by UEFA yesterday, although he could have faced a three-game suspension if a disciplinary commission had deemed his challenge on Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa to be violent conduct.

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

A statement read: 'Manchester United
FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by UEFA's
Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the
UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at
Old Trafford on 5 March.

'Manchester United head coach Sir Alex
Ferguson has been fined €10,000 for non-fulfilment of the post-match
media obligations (Annex III, paras 2.6 and 2.7 of the competition
regulations) at the same match.'

His No 2 Mike Phelan revealed at the time that the manager was too 'distraught' to attend the interviews.

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

FA to appeal against UEFA bans for Stephen Caulker and Tom Ince

FA to fight UEFA bans handed to Caulker and Ince after U21 play-off in Serbia

PUBLISHED:

18:49 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:14 GMT, 9 January 2013

The Football Association have confirmed they have officially appealed against UEFA's bans against Steven Caulker and Tom Ince over England Under 21's heated European Championship play-off against Serbia.

Spurs defender Caulker was given a two-match ban and Blackpool winger Ince a one-match suspension after clashes between players and coaching staff at the end of the match in Krusevac in October.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said last month the FA intended to appeal against the bans.

Fight the ban: The FA have confirmed they will fight the bans handed to Steven Caulker and Tom Ince

Fight the ban: The FA have confirmed they will fight the bans handed to Steven Caulker and Tom Ince

He said then: 'It is the FA's vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.

'We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.

'We shall await UEFA's reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions.'

UEFA ordered Serbia to play their next under-21 international behind closed doors following racist chanting and violent scenes during and after the clash.

The FA had reported the racist abuse to UEFA plus a number of other incidents. Full-back Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been particularly targeted.

Nasty scenes: Players and coaching staff from both sides clashed after the final whistle

Nasty scenes: Players and coaching staff from both sides clashed after the final whistle

Rose claimed he was subjected to monkey chants throughout the match and as he left the pitch.

The Serbia FA was also fined 80,000 euros (65,000) 'for the improper conduct of its supporters during and at the end of the match, as well as for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the game'.

Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic, who attacked England officials, was banned for two years, the second of which is suspended for three years. Serbia assistant coach Predrag Katic was also banned for two years, the final six months of which suspended for three years.

Four Serbia players were also banned – Goran Causic for four matches, Ognjen Mudrinski and Filip Malbasic for three and Nikola Ninkovic for two.
The punishments meted out were widely condemned in some quarters at the time, while UEFA announced it would appeal against all the sanctions imposed by its control and disciplinary body in relation to the match.

Ban: Serbia have been ordered to play their next game behind closed doors

Ban: Serbia have been ordered to play their next game behind closed doors

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, said last month: 'Kick It Out shares the concerns of many in football that abuse aimed at black players isn't taken seriously enough.

'This is a paltry slap on the wrist and again we haven't seen decisive action from UEFA.'

Sports minister Hugh Robertson, who had written to UEFA president Michel Platini demanding tough action for the racist abuse, expressed his disappointment.

Robertson said: 'I am disappointed in the punishment that has been awarded to the Serbian FA given the widespread racist abuse that England's Under-21 team suffered that night. Racism is completely unacceptable and we need tough sanctions to help combat it.'

Piara Powar, executive director of European anti-discrimination body FARE, also believed the punishment should have been more severe.

Powar said: 'We are disappointed in the totality of the sanction handed out to the Serbian FA. The original offences warranted a more severe collective punishment than a ban on spectators for one match.

'This is a moment in which leadership to challenge discrimination is needed from all authorities. This sanction falls short of that objective.

'We fully acknowledge the unilateral action taken by the Serbian FA in suspending players and sacking coaches in the wake of the match, but they need to demonstrate a wider commitment to educate their supporters and work towards tolerance.'

David Moyes wants Marouane Fellaini to be like Lionel Messi

Moyes urges main man Marouane to copy Messi and keep his cool

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 31 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini has been urged to model himself on Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his comeback from suspension at Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The fiery Everton midfielder reiterated his apology for the headbutt on Ryan Shawcross that cost him a red card at Stoke and reassured manager David Moyes over his future by insisting he would not try to engineer a move away from Goodison Park in the January transfer window.

But while Everton will welcome him back after three games out for violent conduct, Moyes is taking steps to ensure there is no repeat of the costly loss of control.

Smile, be happy: Marouane Fellaini has been told to chill out by his manager

Smile, be happy: Marouane Fellaini has been told to chill out by his manager

Heads, you lose: It comes after the Belgian was sent off for butting

Heads, you lose: It comes after the Belgian was sent off for butting

‘If I was playing against Felli, I’d try and wind him up,’ said the former Preston centre half. ‘Anybody would. It’s what happens with good players, and I keep telling him he just has to get on with it.

‘The best person to look at for that is Lionel Messi. Every person targets him, everyone tries to kick him and stop him. They’ll do everything.

'He is the best in the world and he gets physically attacked every game, but all he ever does is get up and get on with it. That is the sign of a top player.

‘I feel as if Felli let us down at Stoke, but that is in the past. He has paid his punishment, as we have as well, but I don’t have any concerns about his character overall.’

Despite being targeted by Chelsea and Manchester United, Fellaini claimed he was in no hurry to leave Goodison.

‘I have a contract with Everton until 2016, and, if the club want, I will see that out,’ he said. ‘I know I am hot, and I want to move forward one day, but I will finish my Everton contract if they want me to.

‘Normally I am an honest player but that was just frustration at Stoke. Shawcross was pushing and pulling me the whole game and, in the end, I just exploded. But I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry for what I did.’

Get on with it: Lionel Messi takes his fair share of kicks and knocks, but stays cool

Get on with it: Lionel Messi takes his fair share of kicks and knocks, but stays cool

Fellaini, 25, revealed how he has become a target for unwanted attention off the pitch and has been forced to move away from Merseyside.

‘I am living in Manchester now, because in Liverpool, the women were crawling for me,’ he said. ‘It was too much. In Manchester, people don’t recognise me that much and tend to treat me in a more respectful way.

'I don’t want to be a star. I just want to play football.’

Moyes, who has secured Seamus Coleman’s long-term future on a new five-and-a-half-year deal, confirmed that midfielder Darron Gibson will be out for a month with a thigh strain.

‘It’s a big loss,’ he said. ‘It also limits our options, because Phil Neville is recovering from a knee operation. At least Marouane can drop back in and John Heitinga can step in, too, if need be.’

Graham Poll: Samir Nasri deserved to be sent off

Mancini is wrong, Nasri's red card for Bassong butt was a textbook call

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 December 2012

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has no case when defending Samir Nasri as referees have clear instructions for such incidents as occurred two minutes before half-time in the game at Norwich.

Following a strong tackle by Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong on Nasri, the City player jumped to his feet and placed his head in his opponent's face.

When two players go head to head this is viewed as adopting an aggressive attitude to one another and if they go no further the advice is a caution for each player.

Head-to-head: Samir Nasri and Sebastian Bassong (left) clashed

Head-to-head: Samir Nasri and Sebastian Bassong (left) clashed

'Incredible': Roberto Mancini raged at the decision to send off Nasri but not Bassong

'Incredible': Roberto Mancini raged at the decision to send off Nasri but not Bassong

However, if, as Nasri did, a player pulls his head away and returns it, this is defined as a headbutt, which has to be seen as violent conduct and the offender sent off.

Mancini, who has already been asked by the FA to explain his criticism of referee Kevin Friend following the defeat at Sunderland on Boxing Day, hit out at referee Mike Jones.

The City boss said: 'Both players went forward with their heads, so if you are to send off one you have to send off both.

'There are two rules for different teams and I hate this in football and cannot accept this.'

However, with Jones cautioning Bassong after consulting with his assistant as well as dismissing Nasri it was textbook refereeing.

Lunge: Bassong was booked for this lunge on Nasri which sparked the incident

Lunge: Bassong was booked for this lunge on Nasri which sparked the incident

Unimpressed: Mancini was upset at what he percieives to be another unfair decision

Unimpressed: Mancini was upset at what he percieives to be another unfair decision

Tony Pulis makes Marouane Fellaini complaint

Pulis makes Fellaini complaint as Everton midfielder is only given three-match ban for headbutt

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 21 December 2012

Tony Pulis has made a complaint to referees’ chief Mike Riley over the leniency of the punishment handed out to Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.

Stoke City’s boss was upset that the Belgium midfielder was given a three-match ban following a series of incidents involving Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini was caught on camera headbutting the England centre back as the pair jostled prior to a corner.

Headbutt: Fellaini was given a three-game ban for this challenge

Headbutt: Fellaini was given a three-game ban for this challenge

The Everton man was retrospectively handed a three-match ban for violent conduct. But two other clashes between the pair were highlighted after the final whistle.

Pulis was upset at referee Mark Halsey’s report and wrote to Riley arguing that one of his players would have been given a lengthier ban had they acted in the same manner.

Fellaini, who has been fined 150,000 by Everton, will be forced to train as normal by manager David Moyes during his ban, including on Christmas Day.

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has pulled out of Saturday’s match at Tottenham following the death of his father.

Complaint: Pulis is not happy with the FA's decision

Complaint: Pulis is not happy with the FA's decision

Meanwhile, Everton striker Kevin Mirallas will miss the festive fixtures with a hamstring problem that has led to him being sent to see the renowned Dr Hans Muller-Wolfhart in Munich.

Mirallas has only played for 45 minutes since he pulled up lame against Sunderland on November 10.

‘I am worried, yes, especially as he is a quick, fleet-footed player,’ said Moyes, who will recall Phil Neville following knee surgery.

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.'

Marouane Fellaini headbutt on Ryan Shawcross will cost him three games

Fellaini to dodge longer ban despite numerous clashes with Shawcross

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UPDATED:

00:50 GMT, 17 December 2012

NOW READ MARTIN SAMUEL…

OK, Fellaini was wrong but let’s get to grips with the real problem

Marouane Fellaini will escape with a three-match ban despite headbutting Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross during their running battle at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Referee Mark Halsey and his assistants missed the incident at a corner in the 59th minute, as well as several others 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.

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Marouane Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes, after he appeared to headbutt Ryan Shawcross

But the FA will concentrate on the
headbutt, basing their punishment on what would have happened if Halsey
had spotted the incident and shown a red card rather than the severity
of the offence.

The FA will be free to act when
Halsey’s report arrives today and they are almost certain to charge
Fellaini retrospectively with violent conduct and ban him for three
games.

They seem certain to ignore the later clashes, at least one of which could also have resulted in a red card.

The Belgium star is also facing a
club fine of two weeks’ wages — up to 150,000 — from furious Everton
manager David Moyes who was said to be incandescent in the visitors’
dressing-room after Fellaini was clearly caught on camera thrusting his
head into Shawcross’s face.

Moyes is known to despise such acts
of thuggery and feels let down by one of his most important players who
is now likely to miss the Christmas fixtures against West Ham, Wigan and
Chelsea.

To his credit, after the match the
Scot immediately admitted that Fellaini deserves the punishment coming
his way, describing the headbutt as ‘a terrible thing to do’.

On Sunday night the 25-year-old was
said to be distraught he had let his team-mates down and that his
actions could harm their chances of staying in the top four.

He was the first Everton player off the pitch and later issued a public apology.

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

‘I apologise completely to Ryan
Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game,’ said Fellaini. ‘I
lost my temper and it was unprofessional.’

Everton’s only issue is that they
feel Shawcross was allowed to get away with holding their player at
set-pieces, even though Fellaini was penalised by Lee Probert for a
similar offence at Manchester City against Edin Dzeko two weeks ago.

Fellaini said: ‘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.’

Shawcross’s team-mates praised him for not retaliating.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was
particularly outraged by what he had seen and was booked by Halsey when
he complained furiously to the referee.

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

‘I was a little bit unhappy with what
was going on, and the holding and the shirt pulling and everything
else that wasn’t really being dealt with,’ said Begovic.

‘Ryan’s got good composure. Sometimes
it’s easy to retaliate but then he would have only hurt himself. He
did really well to control himself.

‘Fellaini is a great player but it’s
just an unfortunate thing and I’m sure it will be dealt with properly.
People know they have to come here and compete with us, and sometimes
they can go a little bit overboard.’

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson was
punished retrospectively with a three-game ban in September when he was
found guilty of violent conduct towards Manchester City striker Mario
Balotelli.

He said: ‘I thought Ryan dealt with
it really well. If it was out of order then you hold your hands up and
take your punishment. It happened to me this season.’

Shawcross was at the centre of everything in this typically hard-fought game between these two teams.

He headed into his own goal to give
Everton the lead and then supplied the pass for Kenwyne Jones to
equalise and preserve Stoke’s 15-game unbeaten home run.