Everton star Marouane Fellaini insists he will not change his game despite feeling singled out by referees who are 'frightened' of him.
The Belgian international was hit with a retrospective three-match ban back in December for his headbutt on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.
Fellaini feels he did not get enough protection from the referee in the build-up to that incident and admits it is a recurring theme, having been booked twice since his ban.
The 25-year-old midfielder, Everton's top scorer this season with 11 goals, believes officials should do more to protect him from overly-physical defenders, telling The Sun: "I won't let myself be messed around by defenders who want to tear off my foot or my head.
"If the referee in the Stoke game had done his job properly I would not have been suspended. I was conned.
"I should not have reacted the way I did, as refs can't blow for a foul every single time.
"Besides, this was Stoke, and we knew to expect a physical battle. They pulled our shirts and fouled us throughout the game. In the end I saw red and shouldn't have. It was my fault.
"I am not angry with Shawcross. He tried to stop me, and was just doing his job.
"But his hands were all over me the whole time. However, nobody said a word against him. He is English after all, so no problem!"
He added of referees singling him out: "I can see them keeping a special eye on me - they are frightened of me."
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