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Marouane Fellaini’s cleared by FA over alleged spit at Pablo Zabaleta

Mar 31, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will not be disciplined by the Football Association after the governing body cleared the Belgian of spitting at Pablo Zabaleta in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City.

“After studying all the available footage the FA have decided there is no case to answer for Marouane Fellaini,” the Guardian has reported a FA spokesperson saying on Monday.

The incident allegedly occurred in the 30th minute of last Tuesday’s derby when Fellaini was on the ball and Zabaleta came in to challenge. Fellaini leaned in and elbowed the Argentinian in the head, resulting in a yellow card booking. Then, with Zabaleta lying on the pitch, Fellaini allegedly spit at him.

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The FA has the ability to review incidents of misconduct that referees do not see during the course of play. In this case, had Fellaini been charged with misconduct he would have been slapped with a ban of up to three matches.

Manchester United hosts Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday before traveling to Newcastle for a league match on April 5th.


  1. mckestner - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I don’t understand how there is no consequence to this especially in addition to the blatant elbow that occurred in the same match to the same player. Each incident on its own is iffy for consequence but the combination of the two in too much. It’s a shame he is walking a way from this with no punishment.

  2. jylick - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    The elbow should’ve been a red card. It was quite hilarious how he pretended not to understand why he went into the book for the offense.

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