Belgium Want Everton Star Marouane Fellaini Banned

Midfielder to miss Estonia match due to wisdom teeth surgery.
Belgium have requested that FIFA prevent Marouane Fellaini from playing for Everton this weekend.

After playing in his nation's win over Turkey at the weekend, the midfielder has pulled out of Wednesday's match against Estonia because of a scheduled surgical procedure to remove his wisdom teeth - a compromise that Everton believed was agreed upon beforehand.

However, the Belgian Football Association has denied any knowledge of this, and have urged FIFA to apply its five-day rule appropriately. Regulations state that should a player miss an international match without permission, he will be unable to participate in any club match for the next five days.

If FIFA was to agree with Belgium's position, Fellaini would be ruled out of the Toffees' clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the weekend.

"Fellaini is called for the match with Estonia. If he decides not to come, he knows the consequences," the Belgian FA's director general, Jean-Marie Phillips, said to De Standaard.

"[Belgium coach] Mr [Dick] Advocaat has asked that the FIFA regulations strictly apply and therefore Marouane may not play this weekend with Everton.

"The coach has talked with Fellaini, but I do not know what he said - I would imagine that he tried to convince him that the operation could be done another time - but he obviously did not succeed.

"I am happy that everyone around the Red Devils are on the same wavelength, but if FIFA decides in Everton's favour we will accept that."

Everton, however, insist that their midfield ace should be free to play against Wolves, and insisted that the Belgian FA had full knowledge of the pre-existing arrangement.

"We released Marouane for both games and have complied with all our obligations," Everton spokesman Ian Ross said to Sky Sports.

"He had an understanding with the manager that if he played on Saturday, he'd be released from the Wednesday game. The manager appears to have changed his mind.

"But this is a personal dispute between the player and the coach. Everton's not to blame and in our view there is nothing that can prevent Marouane from playing on Saturday against Wolverhampton."

Phillip Wen, UK

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