The Fulham defender knocked Januzaj to the ground before he kicked him and followed that up with a violent stamp directly on Januzaj’s ankle that could potentially have left him with a career threatening injury.
Although little has been made of it by the English media, many have called for the FA to take action after Greg Dyke said he wanted to clamp down on such challenges.
Speaking to MUTV, Fellaini has called for action to be taken and a retrospective ban to be given to Riether for his violent conduct.
“For me it was a red card for the right back,” he said.
“I hope the referee looks at the video later.”
Thankfully for Januzaj, he escaped without serious injury but Riether’s actions were calculated and he knew exactly what he was doing.
The FA’s retrospective punishment panel leaves a lot to be desired but they cannot ignore the actions of the 30-year-old whose clear intention was to hurt Januzaj.
To his credit, Fellaini jumped in straight away to protect his compatriot. In the game of modern football, instances like this should not arise but when they do, they need to be punished properly to stop them happening again.