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Cesc Fabregas’ spitting games, Mike Riley’s green day and William Gallas’ massively offside winner anger defeated Hull

During last night’s FA Cup quarter-final between Arsenal and Hull, referee Mike Riley decided it would be appropriate for both goalkeepers to wear green – the same colour as the officials. This contravenes the laws of the game, but Mike Riley will undoubtedly use the St Patrick’s Day defence to escape punishment.

This colour confusion, however, was the least of the controversial incidents last night at the Emirates. Perma-tanned Hull manager Phil Brown was incensed by William Gallas’ 84th minute winner, which was clearly offside. “We lost the game unfairly. But I didn’t use the word cheat, you did,” said Brown to a reporter, clearly using the word “cheat”.

PB was also angered by the actions of Cesc Fabregas, who allegedly spat at the feet of Hull assistant manager Brian Horton after the game. It’s unclear what the Spaniard was doing on the pitch in his civvies in the first place, but he has thus far vehemently denied parting with any saliva.

[Video: 101GG]

4 responses so far
  • Alan // March 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Doesn’t it hit the keeper last? I think he gets the last touch, it seems to hit Djouro then the keepers fist on its way through.

    Gallas was onside when the original free kick was taken so how’s it offside?

  • Evan // March 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Sky has quoted Cesc as saying “I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match. I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?”.

    I’m pretty sure there’s a video circulating around YouTube circa Ballack’s days at Bayern that would prove otherwise Mr. Fabregas.

  • Ryan Bailey // March 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

    You’re quite right Evan, here’s the video of Cesc spitting at Ballack:

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