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Marouane Fellaini won’t be punished for pulling Matteo Guendouzi’s hair

by Marius Brinschwitz
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Manchester United are winless for four matches now, after last night’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal. As a matter of fact, they are closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table, with Manchester City being 18 points ahead of them. 

Right after the game, Jose Mourinho declared that Arsenal were “wanting the draw, diving, getting the game stopped and waiting for the game to go to the end.”

Obviously, a draw against a team like Arsenal, in their current good form, is definitely not a bad result for Manchester United, but Mourinho was apparently frustrated with some of the tactics used by Unai Emery’s men.

However, some of the Red Devils were also guilty of playing ugly as well. In fact, they managed to create a few controversial moments!

In the first half, Marcos Rojo, Jessee Lingard, and Nemanja Matic were booked, but it was Marouane Fellaini who got all the attention, due to a clash with Matteo Guendouzi. 

The Belgian midfielder was spotted by cameras while pulling back Guendouzi by the hair, as the Arsenal midfielder was just running past him. 

Referee Andre Marriner didn’t see this, but he eventually awarded Arsenal a free-kick. 

And it appears that it won’t be any action taken against Fellaini!

“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,” said Jason Burt, chief football correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

As a side note, everybody believed that Marouane Fellaini would receive a three-match ban after this incident, the same punishment Leicester’s Robert Huth received back in 2016, after he was seen pulling Fellaini’s hair.  

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