Jamie Carragher has put the boot into Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini for receiving a three-match suspension after reacting to Robert Huth's attempt to grab his hair. The towering Belgian used his elbow to fend off the Leicester City defender and was charged with violent conduct, for which he will miss the next three games in the Premier League.
Fellaini will, however, be available for their FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday (21 May), something which has not gone down too well with Carragher. Fellaini has been known to get into skirmishes with opposition players and Carragher believes his latest indiscretion should not be let go with only a minor punishment and that he should be debarred from appearing in the Premier League.
"Three games is not a sentence that will prove a deterrent to Fellaini. He is a repeat offender and it has gone beyond the point now where people can attempt to defend him by saying he is a tall lad who is using his arms for leverage," Carragher told the Daily Mail.
"Look at the incident with Huth again: Fellaini takes a glance around and sees where Huth is before swinging. Yes, he may have been provoked but the Belgium international knew what he was doing. Had he connected firmly, the Leicester defender could have been left with a broken cheek or jaw.
"It can't be right that he will be available for Manchester United's big day against Crystal Palace on May 21. My personal hope is that we would never see him playing in the Premier League again."
Carragher was also bemused at the fact that Huth was also given a similar punishment by the FA for his part in provoking Fellaini. The defender had a handful of the Belgian's hair but the former Liverpool man believes the punishment is too harsh, which will keep Huth out of the Foxes's celebratory match against Everton on Saturday (7 May).
"How did they get the same bans? One man deliberately swings an elbow, knowing full well the damage that can be caused. The other grabs a clump of hair. Both, somehow, end up with three-match suspensions," the Liverpool man added.
"The more I look at the punishments that Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth received, the less I can understand the Football Association's decision. Huth, a giant in Leicester's fairytale campaign, misses his side's big celebration for an incident you associate with a school playground."