Marouane Fellaini will not face any retrospective punishment for his attempts to forcibly rob Matteo Guendouzi of his entire pate during last night’s Premier League tie between Manchester United and Arsenal.
Having come on for the final 20 minutes, the United midfielder set about trying to curb Guendouzi’s growing influence by actually pulling the young Frenchman’s hair out by the roots.
A freekick was awarded, but referee Andre Marriner did not caution the Belgian for his brutish amateur barber act, let alone entertain the idea of dismissing him entirely.
Now, the FA have confirmed that they feel a freekick was all the hair-yank warranted and that nothing more will be made of the incident as far as they’re concerned…
There will be no retrospective action against Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini after pulling the hair of Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi during Wednesday’s Premier League match as referee Andre Marriner gave a free-kick for the incident.
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) 6 December 2018
Back in 2017, both Fellaini and Leicester City defender Robert Huth were hit with retrospective three-match bans for an incident in which the German pulled the United man’s hair before getting clocked with an elbow in return.
The fracas went unnoticed during the game itself, but the FA soon waded in to meter out justice in the aftermath, with both players missing the rest of the season as a result.