Fellaini accused of spitting at Zabaleta
Video footage appears to show United midfielder spitting at City defender
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini speaks to referee Michael Oliver during the Manchester derby. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Footage on YouTube has emerged appearing to show Manchester United midfielder Fellaini spitting near to Zabaleta’s head while the City defender lay on the floor following a clash between the pair.
The FA is aware of the clip and is now considering whether it should charge Fellaini for misconduct.
It is understood referee Michael Oliver did not mention the alleged spit in his match report, but the FA can retrospectively punish Fellaini if it thinks he is guilty.
Man Utd 0 Man City 3
The FA will request clearer footage of the incident from broadcasters Sky before making a decision on the matter early next week.
Oliver booked Fellaini moments before the alleged spit towards Zabaleta for an elbow on the Argentinian full-back.
After the 3-0 win, Zabaleta claimed Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch.
“I was elbowed by Fellaini. It was a red card,” he said