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