Much like his former Everton counterpart, Marouane Fellaini has had a rough first year at Manchester United.
While fans fly planes over Old Trafford protesting David Moyes’ employment, the former Toffee midfielder himself has dealt with numerous injuries, and was ripped apart in the recent rant by Paul Scholes on Sky Sports.
Now, the FA could add insult to injury as the governing body is apparently “looking into” video evidence that suggests the 26-year-old spit at Pablo Zabaleta during the most recent Manchester Derby on Tuesday.
Fellaini received a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver – which many argued could have been a sending off – but as Fellaini turned to walk away, replay shows he spits and nearly catches Zabaleta in the face with his saliva.
The potential attack did not connect, but that may not matter. George Boyd just one week ago received his 3-match suspension for appearing to spit at Joe Hart.
However, in Fellaini’s case, from the Sky Sports angle being passed around the internet, Fellaini’s face is turned and it’s difficult to process intent from the video. In addition, Zabaleta’s hands were covering his face, and therefore he didn’t see the Belgian’s move, and neither did Oliver, who was facing another direction following Fellaini’s booking.
Whether the FA will act on this remains to be seen, but with the Red Devils struggling, the frustrations are beginning to show on the pitch as well as off it.