Marouane Fellaini trolled by Liverpool fans after escaping UEFA ban

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Marouane Fellaini will be available for Manchester United ahead of their Europa League Round of 16 second leg against Liverpool on Thursday. 

The Belgium international has escaped a charge from UEFA after appearing to elbow Liverpool midfielder Emre Can during the first leg at Anfield last week. 

After referee Carlos Velasco Carballo missed the incident, it was thought that the ex-Everton man would face retrospective action. 


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Former Premier League referee Howard Webb certainly felt that Fellaini was lucky to avoid punishment during the contest on Merseyside. 

Following the game, Webb told BT Sport, as per The Sun: “To top off a bad night for Manchester United, they might face the second leg without Marouane Fellaini.

“At the very end of the game he had words with Emre Can and ended up throwing a left arm into his face.

“If the referee had seen that it would have been a red card for sure."

Can backing 

Can, however, surprisingly defended Fellaini, stating that the United man is 'a fair sportsman'. 

"It was just a small fight. It was okay. It was not a boxing ring punch," said the German midfielder, as per the Daily Mail.

"Fellaini is a fair sportsman. He touched my throat with his elbow but it is okay."

Well, it appears that UEFA are in agreement with Can, and Fellaini will now be handed the opportunity to take to the field at the Theatre of Dreams on Thursday. 

Twitter reaction 

The reaction to the decision hasn't exactly been normal, however. You'd usually expect the Liverpool faithful to react angrily to the news, but they have instead trolled their rivals, claiming that they are pleased that Fellaini is free to play against them once again.

Here are the best tweets: 

Fellaini struggles 

Fellaini has endured a tricky couple of years in Manchester - fans cheered when he was replaced during the club's FA Cup tie against West Ham on Sunday afternoon - and it appears that things aren't getting any easier for him at this stage. 

He can be a handful at times, but he has struggled to prove his credentials on a consistent basis for far too long now. 

He could be handed yet another shot at redemption in the second leg, but it appears that Liverpool fans aren't too worried. 

Reds fans will certainly be in confident mood ahead of the fixture - the club are starting to coming to prominence under Jurgen Klopp's regime - while United continue to struggle with Louis van Gaal in charge. 

It certainly seems unlikely that United will be able to turn the game around in front of their own support, but stranger things have happened. 

What do you make of UEFA's decision not to ban Fellaini? Have your say below! 

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