Everton star Fellaini apologises to Stoke's Shawcross

Everton attacker Marouane Fellaini has apologised for his appalling headbutting incident against Stoke City.

Everton attacker Marouane Fellaini has apologised for his appalling headbutting incident against Stoke City.

Fellaini clashed with centre-back Ryan Shawcross at three separate corners in the Stoke penalty area. All three incidents were missed by referee Mark Halsey during a tetchy 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

"I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game," said Fellaini.

"There was a lot of pushing and pulling going on inside the Stoke penalty area and I didn't feel I was getting any protection from the officials.

"Nevertheless I know I shouldn't have done what I did.

"I have also apologised to the manager and the staff. I have no excuses, I was disappointed with the way I was being treated and I lost my temper, which was unprofessional of me."

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