Fellaini appeared to butt Potters defender Ryan Shawcross during the 1-1 draw and the Belgian could face a ban if he is charged by the FA after referee Mark Halsey missed the incident.
Everton manager David Moyes took a dim view of Fellaini’s actions and said after the game: “I have told him in the dressing room that it is not acceptable. I won’t accept it as a manager that he does that.”
Fellaini later issued a statement on the club’s official website which read: “I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team mates and to our fans at the game.
“There was a lot of pushing and pulling going on inside the Stoke penalty area and I didn’t feel I was getting any protection from the officials.
After the match, the Everton manager David Moyes admitted the incident was “not acceptable” and Fellaini issued an apology on the club’s website. “I apologise completely to Ryan Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game,” he said.
Despite his apology, the incident is likely to come under FA scrutiny and the influential player may miss key games for high-flying Everton.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis refused to publicly criticise Fellaini but was unhappy at another decision going against his side.
“I’ll let David [Moyes] deal with Fellaini but the one thing I will say is we have now had three incidents this season,” said Pulis.