Marouane Fellaini: 'Referees are scared of my hair'

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring Everton's fifth goal against Cheltenham in the FA Cup on January 7, 2013
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Marouane Fellaini says that his big afro hairstyle frightens Premier League referees into quickly showing him a card for Everton.

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has insisted that referees are scared of him because of his afro hairstyle.

The Belgian, who is a commanding figure with his large hair sitting on top of his six-foot-four frame, is the Toffees' top scorer this season having netted 11 times.

The 25-year-old believes that his appearance makes him an easy target for referees, who are quick to dish out the cards to the former Standard Liege man.

"During my first season at Everton I got 12 bookings," Fellaini told The Sun. "At the end of it a delegation of referees visited the club to explain why I had got so many yellow cards. But they ended up admitting some of the bookings were unduly harsh. I ask myself why they get given to me.

"No doubt it's because I am not someone who can pass by unnoticed. I am tall, and my hairstyle is easily recognised. I know how to give defenders problems.

"I can see them keeping a special eye on me - they are frightened of me."

Everton travel to Norwich City on Saturday in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines celebrates with Marouane Fellaini after scoring his team's second goal against Cheltenham in the FA Cup on January 7, 2013
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