Fellaini escapes ban despite apparent elbow on Liverpool’s Can

Date published: Monday 14th March 2016 2:13

Marouane Fellaini: Defended himself

Marouane Fellaini: Defended himself

Marouane Fellaini is free to play in Manchester United’s Europa League return against Liverpool after dodging a ban from UEFA for an alleged elbow on Emre Can during last Thursday’s first leg at Anfield.

The towering Belgium international seemingly swinging a forearm into his German opponent’s neck in the final moments of the Reds’ 2-0 first-leg victory at Anfield.

The incident was missed by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo but Fellaini looked set to face retrospective action by UEFA.

But match officials did not mention the incident in their report so European football’s governing body have let Fellaini off the hook.

That means the midfielder will be available to help United’s attempts to come back from the dead against their old rivals at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Despite the ugly evidence picked up by the cameras, after the match Can played down the apparent elbow from Fellaini, labelling the challenge “just a small fight”.

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