Brown fumes at Fabregas

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Hull City boss Phil Brown has accused Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas of spitting at assistant manager Brian Horton.

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Hull City boss Phil Brown has accused Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas of spitting at assistant manager Brian Horton after their FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Emirates Stadium. Tensions ran high on the sidelines between both benches for most of the game as Arsenal's coaching staff were unhappy with Hull's apparent time-wasting. Arsenal came from behind to secure their place in the semi-finals with William Gallas' controversial late goal finally ending Hull's hopes of a meeting with Chelsea at Wembley next month. Fabregas was not in the Arsenal team as he continues his recovery from injury, but he made his way onto the pitch at the final whistle. Brown claims the Spaniard became involved in an altercation with Horton at the end of the game and Hull are now set to report the incident to the Football Association. Brown was furious at the alleged actions of Fabregas towards Horton. "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 Brown is unwilling to accept an apology if it is offered by the Spaniard. Brown was not happy with Arsenal's winning goal, feeling Gallas was offside before he scored and he was disappointed with the overall performance of referee Mike Riley.


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," added Brown. "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. "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. "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.

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