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Cesc Issues Apology to Sparky

Cesc Issues Apology to Sparky

Arsenal's Spanish International midfielder Cesc Fabregas had angered Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes with his post match comments to him but credit to the guy he sought him out to apologise.

After Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup fifth round tie a frustrated, and arguably understandably so (as I've said all along from an Arsenal or even neutral viewpoint) Fabregas greeted Hughes with the following comments as the pair exchanged the usual after match hand shake:

"I went to shake is hand but instead he asked me if I had played for Barcelona. I said 'yes I had - a long time ago'.

"Then he said something along the lines of 'well, that wasn't Barcelona type of football'."

These comments incurred the wrath of Sparky Hughes and he didn't take these comments very well and rightly so...

However it takes a bigger man to say sorry and issue and apology and credit where credit is due Fabregas later did this. He found Sparky to do just that, and the apology was accepted. 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.

"But I just felt that they came for a draw and did not care how they did it."

We almost exclusively did come for a draw, it was the game plan but also a game plan to maybe try and pinch something but this wasn't the case. We set out our stall and defended superbly for the best part of ninety minutes and for that deserve credit. It wasn't pretty but it was effective.

Hughes also said:

"I had arguably six or seven players out who would have been first choices, but for the fact that they were injured or I needed to rest them.

"I thought our performance merited a good degree of credit.

"We've restricted a very good Arsenal side to just a few clear-cut chances and I think that is a very good achievement."

The replay takes place at Ewood Park on the final day of the month, Wednesday 28th February by which time the opponents for the victors will already be known with the draw for the Quarter Finals taking place tomorrow lunchtime at 13:30. I'm sure both teams will be hoping to avoid the names Chelsea or Manchester United/Reading. Ideally this would make a very nice Quarter Final pairing in itself...

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Date:Monday February 19 2007
Time: 1:13AM


Hats off to Cesc he has admitted his wrong doing, takes a bigger man to do so, many men A LOT older than him wouldn't have done so. He had lost a lot of my respect for his actions but has won it back by his re-actions. His frustration can be understood (from a Gooners P.O.V) and his reaction was that of a young man, which lets not forget he still is; he's what 19-years-old. On reflection this kind of commitment can only be good for the Arsenal faithful, for him to get that frustrated and worked up shows he really cares and sees his long term future with the Gooners.
Hughes Da Man
19/02/2007 01:16:00
I agree Hughesy........... HOWEVER I can see the the Sun's headline morning after replay............Cescs remark Sparks Ewood Park! ohhh i do hope so.....
19/02/2007 01:31:00
Hughes, in my eyes you're a class act. Sure you are not a Gooner?
19/02/2007 01:31:00
valentines day was last week! send him a card G4L..........
19/02/2007 01:33:00
Seriously i don't know why it turned into such a big deal, i thought it was funny but i never thought Cesc did it to insult Hughes in the way he perceived it. Though i might be wrong.
19/02/2007 02:27:00
Seems even to this day Hughes is still carrying it on. He clearly has some sort of agenda, but I don't think it will work. I would be very surprised if Cesc actually plays in the replay as he will definately play against psv tomorrow night & will also play against chelski next sunday. Unless we get some injuries it will be denilson & diaby in that replay, although cesc may be on the bench.
Ashburton Gooner
19/02/2007 09:31:00
Turned out to be the highlight of the match really didn't it! lol :) Thanks G4L send me a private message and I'll give you the address for the belated valentines card mate lol :) I make no secet of my admiration for Arsenal, they're a class act. Obviously Rovers are my priority but football is the religion that I follow and can appreciate when this is preached in such a quality way and can also when it isn't. So long as football is always ultimately the winner I'm happy.
Hughes Da Man
19/02/2007 09:32:00
Let me just clarify that when I say agenda, I don't mean it in a bad way, I mean Hughes is probably trying to keep it in his players minds for the replay to fire his own players up!! I can live with that (all good managers would do the same) however I do feel he should have left the press out of it!!
Ashburton Gooner
19/02/2007 09:35:00
In fairness to both parties you have areas of the media that have been running it all weekend so its not so much of a case of either carrying it on to much for me. Some papers don't print at the weekend do they so will only run it today won't they. Cesc apologised Sparky apparently accepted this should draw a line under the whole thing... although should he play in the replay, which he maybe won't as you say Ashburton he won't be allowed to forget it although I'm sure the majority will have accepted the matter they'd just be acting as football fans do.
Hughes Da Man
19/02/2007 09:36:00
You make a fair point Ashburton, and it "should" fire up the lads. However the press notice everything don't they they would have kept hounding him (if they hadn't?) until they got what they wanted to know.
Hughes Da Man
19/02/2007 09:38:00
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