Television analysts claimed the Belgium international was fortunate not to be sent off and later highlighted previous similar incidents involving the 22-year-old.
Toffees assistant manager Steve Round said: "That might have been a bit of frustration.
"It's a reactive thing, it was not malicious. He is not that sort of guy.
"He is a combative player, very physical and wants to take the fight to the opposition. It was just one of those things."