It’s fair to say that Marouane Fellaini isn’t universally liked by fans in the Premier League.
The Belgian has been involved in a series of off-the-ball incidents since his arrival in England in 2008 with Everton.
His latest misdemeanour came in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester at Old Trafford, swinging two elbows in the direction of Robert Huth after his hair had been tugged.
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Following the incident, the FA handed both players a three-match ban - a decision which has been questioned by many. The three-game suspension means that Fellaini will be back in time for his side’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace while Huth missed Leicester’s clash with Everton where the players lifted the Premier League trophy.
The fact that Fellaini gets to play in the cup final infuriated Jamie Carragher and he astonishingly slammed the midfielder by saying that he never wants the midfielder to play in the league again.
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"It can't be right that he will be available for Manchester United's big day against Crystal Palace on May 21,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
"My personal hope is that we would never see him playing in the Premier League again."
Carragher continued: "Three games is not a sentence that will prove a deterrent to Fellaini. He is a repeat offender and it has gone beyond the point now where people can attempt to defend him by saying he is a tall lad who is using his arms for leverage.
"Look at the incident with Huth again: Fellaini takes a glance around and sees where Huth is before swinging.
"Yes, he may have been provoked but the Belgium international knew what he was doing. Had he connected firmly, the Leicester defender could have been left with a broken cheek or jaw,” he added.
In fairness, it’s hard to defend Fellaini time after time.
Since arriving in the country from Standard Liege, he has been booked 61 times in all competitions but, surprisingly, has only been sent off three times. In total, though, he has been banned for a total of 18 matches despite many of his actions going unpunished.
In March, he escaped without retrospective action after elbowing Emre Can during their Europa League clash at Anfield and a week later in the return leg he did the exact same thing to Dejan Lovren without punishment.
But it’s unlikely that Carragher will get his wish. United boss Louis van Gaal is seemingly a big fan of the controversial 28-year-old with him playing in 32 matches in all competitions this season and is unlikely to sell him in the summer.
Also, Van Gaal will no doubt call upon the big-haired player in the FA Cup final as United aim to end their three-year wait for a major trophy.
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