Jamie Carragher never wants to see Marouane Fellaini play in the Premier League again, calling him a ‘menace’ with his flailing elbows.
The Manchester United midfielder – ‘not a Manchester United player in any shape or form’, according to Carragher – has been banned for three matches for elbowing Robert Huth after the German pulled his hair during Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
Carragher has used his Daily Mail column to express his disgust for the decision and his contempt for the Belgian.
‘The more I look at the punishments that Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth received, the less I can understand the Football Association’s decision. Huth, a giant in Leicester’s fairytale campaign, misses his side’s big celebration for an incident you associate with a school playground,’ writes Carragher.
‘Yet Fellaini could end up playing in the FA Cup final. Can pulling someone’s hair cause the same damage as a flailing elbow? No. Not in a million years.
‘It can’t be right that he will be available for Manchester United’s big day against Crystal Palace on May 21. My personal hope is that we would never see him playing in the Premier League again.
‘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.
‘Gary Mabbutt, the former Tottenham captain, would testify to that. Back in November 1993, he was left with a fractured skull and needed a plate inserted into his face to hold his eye socket together after John Fashanu smashed his elbow into him during a game against Wimbledon.
‘Yet should we be surprised it was Fellaini again? No. He argued back in March that he ‘doesn’t want to elbow someone and only defend myself’ but that simply doesn’t hold any credibility because he has been involved in too many incidents.
‘What happened when United faced Liverpool in the Europa League? He escaped retrospective punishment for elbowing Emre Can at Anfield in the first leg on March 10 but then seven days later at Old Trafford, he did exactly the same thing only this time Dejan Lovren was on the receiving end.
‘He is a menace in the worst possible sense. I don’t use that term lightly but he is not a Manchester United player in any shape or form.
‘I was never convinced he would fit in at Old Trafford when he left Goodison Park and have never been given reason to change my mind. Yes, he’s a good player with some qualities but he is absolutely not United standard.’