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Spitting Spineless Cissy Cesc Fabregas


Arsenal club captain Cesc Fabregas has publicly denied an allegation he spat at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton as Tuesday night’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at the Emirates Stadium ended in controversy.

The Gunners’ 2-1 win was overshadowed after the final whistle when Hull boss Phil Brown accused Fabregas of spitting and Arsene Wenger of putting pressure on referee Mike Riley.

Brown was furious with Wenger as he felt the Gunners boss was attempting to get his players booked for time-wasting, and he believed William Gallas was offside when he struck the late winner.

But his most serious accusation came when he insisted Fabregas, who was injured and not playing, spat at Horton, just after Wenger had stormed down the tunnel without shaking hands with his counterpart.

“I was there and I witnessed it, he spat at my assistant manager down the tunnel,” Brown said. “That is their club captain, hopefully he is proud of himself. He spat at his feet.”

Horton is reported to be willing to report Fabregas to the Football Association, while Fabregas released a statement insisting he did not spit.

“I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match,” read the statement on Arsenal’s official website. “I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?

“I can understand the frustration of losing a game to a dubious goal, that has happened to me many times in my career as well. But this is not the fault of me or any of the Arsenal players.”

Before the alleged tunnel row, Brown felt Riley “succumbed to local pressure” in the second half after his players were jeered for time-wasting.

“Mr Wenger decides to join in and the result is my goalkeeper getting booked in the second half,” he said. “I can’t say what went on at half time, I have no idea.”

He added: “Arsene Wenger got my goalkeeper booked. You call that good management? He was complaining about time-wasting.”

Hull had taken the lead through Nick Barmby in the 13th minute before the former Tottenham midfielder also had a strike chalked off for offside.

The visitors then soaked up pressure until Robin van Persie struck with 16 minutes remaining, then Gallas appeared fortunate not to be flagged for the winner.

“There is no excuse for the first goal, it was definitely a mistake by us, no excuse about the second goal, it was definitely a mistake by the officials,” Brown said.

“That is why we are out of the FA Cup. Ask Mr Riley how much that will cost to the city. I don’t think he’d understand and I don’t think he’d care.”

Brown stopped short of saying his players had been cheated.

“I can’t use that word but that is the case,” he said.

Wenger, contrary to television replays, felt Gallas was onside.

“It is not offside because the ball was deflected by the fist of the goalkeeper,” the Frenchman said. “(Johan) Djourou first, the goalkeeper after, then a foul on Gallas. We should have got two goals.”

Wenger was upset with Boaz Myhill for time-wasting in the second half.

“If I asked you if their goalkeeper wasted time, I’m confident that you would say yes,” Wenger said.

Wenger was also upset with Brown for talking about incidents in the tunnel.

“It is very disappointing for him to do that. I will just stick to what I said now – I won’t talk about this in public,” Wenger added.

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March 18, 2009 Posted by | Arsenal, Football, _SPORT | Leave a comment