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Cesc Infuriates Rovers Boss Hughes

Cesc Infuriates Rovers Boss Hughes

Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes was left fuming after Arsenal's star midfielder Cesc Fabregas showed a blatant lack of respect towards him.

The display that Rovers put on against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime wasn't pretty but it sure as hell was effective and all the Rovers players and Mark Hughes deserve credit for it. We went there with a game plan and it worked. We aren't the first and we won't be the last to try this against such a quality opponent, it just so happens we succeeded in doing what NO OTHER English club had done before this season and prevented Arsenal from scoring!

After the game Fabregas is reported as saying "Did you really play for Barcelona?" to Rovers boss Mark Hughes, which led to a run in with the young Spaniard.

When explaining what happened Hughes said:

"He came off the pitch and asked me if I had played for Barcelona and when I said that, yes I did, he said something to the effect of 'that wasn't Barcelona football, was it ?'

"I thought the boy showed disrespect to somebody who has won a lot more FA Cups than him."

Fabregas is a world class footballer, and a footballer I love watching and have done ever since he was a kid. When he was first breaking into the Arsenal team I could see how awesome he was going to be; remember a Charity Shield (or is it "Community Shield!") match some years ago against Manchester United I think in which I he got a start, at least played some part as a 15 or 16-year-old and he looked the business. I remember so wanting him to score and he almost did, from that moment on I took a great interest in his career.

My admiration for him as player has not and will not alter but he has lost a lot of the respect I held for him. Does he, any Arsenal, arguably Rovers fans for that matter care? Probably not...

I must add that Sparky did add that Fabregas had later apologised.

Before this spills over into a "war or words" between Arsenal and Rovers fans, which it could I just want to say I hope it doesn't. Fabregas is still young and maybe didn't think before acting. He must have been frustrated after the game and from an Arsenal point of view you can understand I guess but we came to do a job and did it superbly. Someone of Mark Hughes' standing in the British, in fact the European game deserves more respect than he got, this is all I'm trying to highlight here.

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Date:Sunday February 18 2007
Time: 1:21PM


TO REITERATE WHAT I SAID IN MY LAST PARAGRAPH - I don't want this to spill over into a "war or words" between Arsenal and Rovers fans. Fabregas is still young and maybe didn't think before acting. He must have been frustrated after the game and from an Arsenal point of view you can understand I guess but we came to do a job and did it superbly. Someone of Mark Hughes' standing in the British, in fact the European game deserves more respect than he got, this is all I'm trying to highlight here.
Hughes Da Man
18/02/2007 13:26:00
point taken no war of words he was disrespectful (even though i thought it a bit funny) but you can understand where he is coming from. that game was a waste of time and the tactics are disrespectful to football. cesc just absolutely hates to lose and with time he will learn where to direct his anger.
18/02/2007 13:37:00
You say you don't want a war of words but didn't put anywhere in the article what cesc said afterwards. Lets be fair here, cesc is 19 & whilst it was silly thing to do & say, he is still a kid & from time to time will do silly things as all teenagers do!! But in the interest of fairness let me just put forward what cesc said afterwards:.............Fabregas said: "I should not have done it but I get really upset when we don't win and I don't play well. "Luckily, he accepted my apology and I must learn not to do anything like it again."........................................Lets face it who was the bigger kid by running to the press, instead of just accepting the apology as he had proclaimed to do!! How old is hughes again??
Ashburton Gooner
18/02/2007 14:01:00
And Frankly, Cesc just said what ALL of us who watched that match were thinking. It's refreshing to see a youth who says what he's thinking before "PR training" and all his handlers stamp out anything interesting. It was a dour, boring display set up by a Blackburn manager who came to the Grove not even attempting to win. I was actually quite impressed with Rovers the last time in London (the 6-2 scoreline surely flattered the Gunners, at 3-2 Rovers had a sterling chance to pull even) but this display was the footballing equivalent of watching paint dry. What a travesty for those who paid to get to the match (especially all you poor Rovers fans who made the journey!!).
18/02/2007 15:02:00
Fabregas has apologised so hopefully that will draw a line under the matter.
18/02/2007 15:09:00
As I say in the article from an Arsenal point of view you can see where he was coming from and youthful frustration got the better of him and have also said he has opologised but didn't know what this opology contained.
Hughes Da Man
18/02/2007 16:58:00
devvil we came and did a job, as I said before we played the Gooners at their own game before Christmas and got harshly beaten 6-2, beat them (quite literally and not something I enjoyed or appreciated as we are better than that!) and still got beaten 2-0. Spraky and the club went their to defend, defend and defend some more... Should we have pinched a win from somewhere he'd have been thrilled. As it was earning a bore draw gives us another chance and I'm sure the fans will come out in force at Ewood and yet ANOTHER deal offered to fans and we'll have more of a go as although it will still be hard we could overturn them at home, espeically with players set to return from injury.
Hughes Da Man
18/02/2007 17:00:00
I think we stand a better chance at your place than yesterday. Your better players will return & so blackburn will be confident & thats when arsenal are at their best. Bolton players & fans all thought they had done the hard work when they got a draw at our ground, however this season arsenal whilst being undefeated at home, we actually play better away!! Should be a good game though, unlike yesterday.
Ashburton Gooner
18/02/2007 17:41:00
Yes Ash, the replay will be a good game because we will go for the win and you of course play the best counter attacking footy around so it should make for a pulsating encounter. Im just hoping we get a positive result this time for taking the game to Arsenal. May the best team win and bring on the 28th!
18/02/2007 20:13:00
I have to admit, the comments he told Mr. Hughes were pretty petty to say the least, but I think what makes a good person is acknowledging your mistakes, something that some people find extremely hard doing. So the fact that he apologized says something about his character, and I believe he was quite sincere about it. So keep your respect for him, Hughes Da Man! ;)
18/02/2007 21:03:00
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