Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United midfielder will not face retrospective punishment for Emre Can elbow

Neither the elbow incident or United supporters' Hillsborough chants were mentioned in the reports of match officials

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Marouane Fellaini will not be retrospectively banned for his alleged elbow on Emre Can during Manchester United’s Europa League defeat against Liverpool.

The Belgium international appeared to strike his opponent in the neck during the closing stages of last week’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield and escaped punishment from referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.

Uefa, the competition’s organisational body, could have investigated the chants and banned Fellaini ahead of Thursday’s return leg at Old Trafford.

Carballo and his team of assistants, however, did not mention the incident in the report of the game, meaning no retrospective action can be taken.

Action will also not be taken on the unsavoury chants referring to the Hillsborough tragedy which were heard from United’s support on several occasions.

96 people were killed in a crush during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The chanting was not reference in the match officials’ report and, as a result, no disciplinary proceedings have been opened.