Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has gone on to blast Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini for his rough style of play, as quoted by the Croydon Advisor
Crystal Palace suffered a heart breaking extra time loss in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday and the manner of the defeat certainly left a bitter taste on the mouth of the Eagles’ faithful, especially after having performed so well throughout the match.
Palace co-chairman Steve Parish was left extremely pleased at how his side performed on the day and went on to reserve special praise for captain Mile Jedinak, who managed to limit the threat posed by the dangerous Marouane Fellaini.
Parish told the Croydon Advisor, “Mile did such a good job on Fellaini and so we were a little bit small in that midfield with Macca and Yohan. Fellaini is such a threat. If the centre backs have to come forward to deal with him then there’s so much space in behind, so I thought Mile was fantastic.”
Jedinak limited the effect of Fellaini during the FA Cup final
However, Parish was not left too pleased with Fellaini’s aggressive display during the clash and has stated that he does not understand how the Belgian international does not get himself sent off every game.
The 51-year-old added, “I don’t think I’ve seen a player, every contact with Fellaini is a foul. He just fouls. How he stays on the football pitch for most games is beyond me.
“You have to deal with it and Mile did really well. So that’s why he played and I thought it was a good move by the manager.”
Apart from Parish, Fellaini has often been criticized for his style of play by many fans as well as pundits and the 27-year-old was banned for the final three matches of the Premier League season for brutally elbowing Leicester City’s Robert Huth last month.