Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Moyes hits back at Wenger

David Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes has hit back at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in a row over the conduct of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.

Wenger said "it is wrong for Moyes to come out on what he pretends to have heard in the tunnel" after the Everton boss claimed Fabregas made "disgusting" comments towards officials this week. The Spaniard was alleged to have approached the fourth official at half-time during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to complain about the visitors' goal.

Arsenal were angry Louis Saha had not been flagged offside before opening the scoring in the Barclays Premier League clash. Moyes said: "I have to defend the integrity of Everton and David Moyes as well. I think it has been said I didn't see it or I didn't hear it. Well I was there and I saw it and I heard it. Cesc questioned Everton's integrity by suggesting we possibly had given money to the referee."

He added: "In doing that he also questioned the integrity of the referees. If I had said that or any other player had said that I think that would have warranted a sending off.

"I think Arsene said there was an unwritten rule that you don't say things which are in the tunnel. Well his player was the one who broke the unwritten rule.

"Because what he did was question Everton football club, that we may be paying officials."

Wenger has defended his player and said that only he spoke to referee Lee Mason at half-time.

Moyes however has confirmed that he thought Fabregas was speaking to fourth official Kevin Wright.

He said: "Cesc never swore once. He was very calm, very calculated. It wasn't a rant or a rave like I've heard a lot people saying. It was just straight to the point and I thought it was out of order and he deserved to be sent off.

"I thought if I said that to the fourth official - who he did direct it to - I would have been sent off and the FA would be involved and probably fining me £8,000 again."

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