Saturday 1 October 2016

Cesc Fabregas went into Liverpool changing room to apologise to Ragner Klavan after red card

Samuel Stevens

Published 28/07/2016 | 09:55

Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed Cesc Fabregas went into the Liverpool changing room to apologise to Ragner Klavan after being sent off during the victory in Los Angeles.

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The 29-year-old Spaniard was dismissed with 20 minutes to play at the Rose Bowl Stadium after Gary Cahill’s 10th minute opener to give the Blues a winning start to their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States.

“In this period the fatigue can sometimes bring a bit of going too late,” Conte explained at full-time, “and I know Fabregas is a good man and it is not his habit to have this sort of situation.”

Fabregas, who has been linked with a summer move to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, slid into a late challenge on Klavan, a new Liverpool signing from Augsburg.

Fabregas accepted the red card - which is not thought to earn him further punishment - but claimed that referee Baldomero Toledo lost control in the game.

He said: "We want to win every game and everything becomes very competitive but I do think the ref for them and for us was giving cards all over the place and that’s why [I was sent off].

"In the Premier League you could probably get away with it. I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. "It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on."

Chelsea’s transatlantic following got the opportunity to see £32m striker Michy Batshuayi in action during a heated contest in Southern California between two of the sides backed to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Conte continued: “When two great teams face each other in a game, nobody wants to lose and for this reason I saw a competitive game. I was pleased with my team because I saw the right spirit and a lot of positive things, but I know and my players know that we can improve a lot.

“I am pleased with the attitude today and also that when we played with 10 men we didn’t suffer. Don’t forget we are working very hard with two training sessions every day and it is a good attitude.

“The most important thing today was to see the right spirit in my team and the will to fight to win a friendly game. This is the right way.”

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