Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

FA to investigate as Tigers tear strips off Arsenal

Cesc Febregas
Cesc Febregas
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Cesc Fabregas

The Football Association have written to Hull asking for their version of events in the spitting row surrounding Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas which overshadowed last night’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Hull boss Phil Brown claims to have witnessed Fabregas - who categorically denies the allegations - spitting at Tigers assistant manager Brian Horton in the tunnel after his side lost 2-1 to a late goal from William Gallas, which appeared offside.

Neither referee Mike Riley nor any of the other match officials mentioned anything of such an incident in their report to Soho Square.

The League Managers Association confirmed yesterday they had been contacted by Horton, adding: "As the incidents fall firmly within the jurisdiction of the Football Association, who are making their investigations in the prescribed manner, neither the LMA nor Brian Horton will be making any further comment at this time".

Brown, meanwhile, remains unrepentant in the ferocity of his criticism of Fabregas.

The Hull manager said: "The pictures in the national papers verify the aggression he was showing towards players and staff after the game.

"I then witnessed him going down the tunnel and turning around and spitting at my assistant manager’s feet.

"Whichever way you want to look at it, he addressed that spitting incident at my assistant manager, who has managed probably 1,200 games in his career.

"I am not going to report it, I am not going tittle-tattling to the FA - if they want to investigate that is their decision, and if Brian Horton wants to take it further he will get the full support of Hull City."

Fabregas, however, said he did not do anything wrong.

"It was not until half an hour after the game that I heard what Hull were saying about me and it is not something that is easy to accept. I don’t know why they are saying these things about me because it did not happen. That is the truth.”

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