Taarabt was widely condemned after turning his back on Maloney's injury time free kick for failing to block the equaliser.
Everton captain Phil Neville tweeted:
If ur in the wall im afraid you arent allowed to duck/turn ur back u just got to take one for the team! !— phil neville18 (@fizzer18) April 7, 2013
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton, on-loan from QPR, also rapped:
Got to take a ball in the face for me. Its only a ball. It won't kill you. #qpr— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 7, 2013
But QPR boss Harry Redknapp defended Taarabt, saying: "He didn't duck, he jumped. He jumped and turned his head and it went past his head. I'm not going to blame Adel."