Cesc Fábregas has found himself at the centre of another Twitter storm after Huddersfield Town’s Anthony Pilkington accused the Arsenal captain of telling two of the League One side’s players to “fuck off” after they had asked to swap shirts.
Pilkington said on his Twitter site: “2 lads asked him for his shirt and he told them to f*ck off!! Sick player but what a tit!” Pilkington later apologised for his outburst and claimed it was in the heat of the moment before his account was suspended.
Fábregas proved to be Arsenal’s match-winner after he came on as a 69th‑minute substitute, shortly after Alan Lee had made the score 1-1. He scored the winner from the penalty spot, his ninth goal of the season, to secure an FA Cup fifth‑round trip to Leyton Orient. But he aggravated Town’s players with his behaviour.
After Jamie McCombe, who looked to be the last man, had conceded the penalty for a foul on Nicklas Bendtner, Fábregas waved an imaginary card at the referee Mark Clattenburg and urged him to brandish a real red one. Moments later, after feeling he had been fouled, Fábregas grabbed the ball and then got into a confrontation with Jack Hunt, the Town full debutant. Hunt pushed Fábregas and the Spaniard went down. Clattenburg booked Fábregas.
Arsenal said last night that Fábregas had two shirts and gave both to Huddersfield players.
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