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Monday, December 17, 2012
Fellaini given three-match ban

ESPN staff

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been banned for three matches after he and his club accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct for his headbutt on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

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Fellaini will miss games against West Ham United, Wigan Athletic and Chelsea over the Christmas period as a result.

The Belgium international was charged retrospectively for his headbutt on Shawcross in the 59th minute of the 1-1 draw between Stoke and Everton at the Britannia Stadium as the incident was not picked up by the match officials.

Everton manager David Moyes had previously indicated that the club would accept any punishment given after the game and said the 25-year-old's actions were "not acceptable".

Fellaini had already expressed regret over his actions, saying on the club's official website: "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. 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."

There were two further incidents during the game involving Fellaini and Shawcross, but referee Mark Halsey confirmed he had seen them during the match and did not deem them to be violent conduct.

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