Marouane Fellaini elbow on Joe Allen sparks controversy

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Joe Allen felt the full force of Marouane Fellaini on Sunday evening as the Liverpool midfielder copped an elbow in the face that resulted in reddened nose but, somewhat surprisingly, not a card of the same colour.

Allen and Fellaini clashed during the Euro 2016 qualifier between Belgium and Wales in Brussels, which ended goalless, and the incident was controversial enough to feature on the back pages of some of the British papers on Monday.

It was a sickening collision as Fellaini bulldozed into Allen having narrowly nipped in ahead of his opponent to get a toe on the ball, with the latter sent crashing to the ground with blood streaming from his nose.

No action

The referee, however, decided to take no action against Fellaini and it will be interesting to see if UEFA intervene to review the situation and charge the Manchester United player with violent conduct.

There will be those that say Fellaini was using his superior height and more sizeable frame to protect the ball, although the majority of these will no doubt be blinkered Manchester United supporters.

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But the only opinion that matters will be that of the governing body, who will be able to impose a retrospective sanction after the referee failed to deal with the situation during the match itself.

This encounter sums up what was to be a frustrating night for Belgium as they failed to break down the Wales defence, with a Nicolas Lombaerts shot off the post the closest the hosts came to breaking the deadlock.

Famous point

A point for Chris Coleman’s side left them top of Group B, that was until Israel trounced Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Wales still remain on course to reach their first major tournament since 1958.

"I'm massively proud. To come to a team ranked fourth in the world away from home [and draw] is a good achievement," Gareth Bale said after the game.

"It's fantastic for our confidence and something for us to build on.

"It's all down to our hard work. No luck has been involved. We feel we're getting everything we deserve out there."

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