Lou Macari: Honest Moyes got it spot on over Fellaini head-butt
I'VE seen some daft things in football, but I think Marouane Fellaini tops the lot.
Not the haircut, that deserves a prize all of its own, but his antics against Stoke at the weekend.
His head-butt on Ryan Shawcross was senseless, and there were a couple more incidents which made you wonder what the Belgian midfielder was thinking about.
The only reasonable explanation is that he wanted Christmas off.
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Well he's got that as the three-match he was landed with yesterday will keep him out of action until January 2.
David Moyes must have been thinking 'what an idiot' – or words to that effect.
I wouldn't have expected anything less from Moyes himself when he was honest enough to come out straight after the game and admit his player had been wrong and would get what was coming to him.
I think we all know at least one Premier League manager who would have claimed he didn't see a thing.
There's just no excuse for what Fellaini did and I just don't understand his own stupidity. He might have taken a sneaky look to see if the referee was watching, but doesn't he realise there's cameras covering every angle of a Premier League game these days?
Not that the officials should escape all scrutiny for missing events at the Britannia.
True, there is a lot going on in the penalty area at corners and free-kicks.
But you would think that by the law of averages somebody somewhere would have seen something with three officials on the spot as potential witnesses.
Just as Moyes, below, deserves credit for his reaction, so Ryan Shawcross should be applauded for his.
Mind you, had he rolled around and squealed like many of his Premier League colleagues would have done after the first assault, the officials might have been more on the look out and spotted numbers two or three.
The whole incident sits uncomfortably alongside so many others in the game of late.
We've had the John Terry, Luis Suarez and Mark Clattenburg episodes already, of course, and to those we can also add Mario Balotelli and Danny Guthrie in the past week.
If a club fines a player for any misconduct, you can bet they are on pretty safe ground.
But that doesn't stop Balotelli and his people thinking they know best and threatening Manchester City with court action.
Then you have Guthrie refusing to travel with his Reading team-mates to Sunderland last week because his head wasn't right, whatever that means.
He's just the sort of player you need when you're in the trenches like Reading are.