Saturday 1 October 2016

Fabregas apology to Klavan after red-card tackle

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed Cesc Fabregas visited the Liverpool changing-room to apologise to Ragner Klavan after being sent off during the Londoners' pre-season victory in Los Angeles.

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The 29-year-old was dismissed with 20 minutes to play after Gary Cahill's 10th-minute opener secured 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, "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 move to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, slid into a late challenge on Klavan, a new Liverpool signing from Augsburg.

The former Arsenal midfielder's future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt after a poor showing during Chelsea's disastrous title defence last term.

"The way the ref was giving yellow cards then probably yes, it was fair," the Spaniard said at full-time.

"In the Premier League, probably you could 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.

"(The referee) didn't have the game under control but that's what happens. At the end of the day it's a friendly."

Irish Independent

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