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Fellaini and Huth banned for three games

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Leicester City's German defender Robert Huth warms up before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF /

Leicester City’s German defender Robert Huth warms up before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF /

Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth have each been given three-match suspensions for violent conduct, England’s governing Football Association announced Thursday.

The pair were charged following their off-the-ball clash in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester on Sunday.

Television cameras showed Leicester central defender Huth pulling Fellaini’s hair, with the United midfielder responding by swinging an elbow into the German’s neck.

An FA statement said: “Both players accepted the charge, however, Huth contested (said) that the standard penalty of a three-match suspension would be ‘clearly excessive’.

“This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Thursday).”

The incident was not seen by the match officials on duty at Old Trafford but a panel of former referees agreed both offences were worthy of red cards.

Huth will miss Leicester’s game at home to Everton on Saturday, when they will be presented with the Premier League trophy, and their final match of the season against Chelsea as well as next term’s league opener.

Meanwhile Fellaini will miss United’s final three league games, but the Belgian will be available for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.


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