Cesc - I respect officials

Spaniard admits frustration but denies serious wrongdoing

Fabregas: Accused of confronting officials

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas insists he respects match officials following an alleged incident against Everton on Tuesday night.

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The 23-year-old Gunners skipper has been accused by Toffees manager David Moyes of 'disgusting' comments to the officials at half-time during the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal eventually won the encounter 2-1 but were one down at the break after Louis Saha controversially put the visitors ahead, despite scoring from a blatantly offside position.

Fabregas has been accused of confronting referee Lee Mason and the officials although Arsene Wenger has denied such an incident ever took place.

The Spaniard will face no action from the Football Association as Mason did not submit an Extraordinary Incident Report, meaning there will be no investigation.

Fabregas claims that he has the utmost respect for officials, although concedes he was frustrated at half-time.

"There has been much talk about me saying things to the officials at half-time on Tuesday night. All I can say is that I have respect for all match officials," he told Arsenal's official website.

"Their job is a very difficult one and their decisions are final.


"Yes, I was upset at half-time. So too were about 60,000 Arsenal supporters in the stadium.

"We were one-nil down against a very good Everton side to a goal which we felt was offside. Of course I am going to be upset.

"Players from both sides were saying things as we came off the pitch, and this always happens in football.

"I'm passionate about this club and like all the players want to win every single match, so many things are said in the heat of the moment.

"Clearly the officials feel that nothing serious happened, as I understand the referee has not included anything in his match report.

"I just want to focus on our next match, which is another big challenge at Newcastle on Saturday."

It is not the first time Fabregas has been accused of poor behaviour by opposition staff at the Emirates.

In 2009 he was accused of spitting at then Hull City assistant Brian Horton by manager Phil Brown in the aftermath of an FA Cup tie in North London, however, he denied the allegations.