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Fellaini charged with violent conduct

Watch as Everton's Marouane Fellaini headbutts Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross.
Watch as Everton's Marouane Fellaini headbutts Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross.
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP)

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini will serve a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct for an apparent headbutt against Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross during a Premier League game.

Match officials missed the incident, which took place as the pair jostled at a corner in the second half of Saturday's game at the Britannia Stadium, but it was caught on video and a charge was issued retrospectively by the Football Association.

Everton says Monday in a statement ''the player and the club have accepted the charge and the 25-year-old will be suspended for three (league) games against West Ham, Wigan and Chelsea.''

Fellaini apologized for his actions in a statement hours after the match, saying he had been ''unprofessional'' and had lost his temper.

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