Former referee Howard Webb believes Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini could face retrospective action by UEFA following an alleged elbow on Liverpool’s Emre Can.
Fellaini appeared to launch an elbow in Can’s face in the dying moments of Man United’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Liverpool on Thursday.
The incident was missed by the referee but it was picked up by television cameras and Webb believes that UEFA may end up punishing Fellaini.
“At the very end of the game he had a word with Emre Can and ended up throwing a left arm in the face of Emre Can. If the referees had seen that it would have been a red card for sure and UEFA might want to have a little look at that as well. It’s clearly an act of violent conduct. He’s lucky that none of the six officials saw it on the day.”
Fellaini has always been a physical player and it is a wonder how he has not picked up more red cards than he has over the course of his Man United career.
The Belgian was poor at Anfield and it may be better off for United if he does miss the second leg at Old Trafford next week. Ander Herrera offers much more of a threat going forward than Fellaini.