Sunday 22 October 2017

Watch: Cesc Fabregas finally confirms it was he who threw pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson

The incident became a Premier League legend, but the details were unconfirmed until now.

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas

By Max McLean

One of the Premier League’s most famous off-field mysteries can finally be put to bed, after Cesc Fabregas confirmed his role in the Battle of the Buffet.

The former Arsenal midfielder has admitted he threw the pizza which struck then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after a particularly heated game between the teams 13 years ago.

Arsenal saw their 49-game unbeaten run come to an end at Old Trafford in October 2004 and a food-inspired clash in the tunnel followed.

Fabregas’ former Gunners teammate Martin Keown said the pizza was thrown by the Spain playmaker in 2014, but it has taken another three years for an admission from the man himself.

Asked about the incident on Sky’s A League Of Their Own, Fabregas told host James Corden “yes”, before expanding.

The 30-year-old Chelsea midfielder said: “Martin Keown is a liar because I saw him in front of me just, like, punching people. He didn’t see anything.

“All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought ‘what’s happening?’ So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other. (Patrick) Vieira.

“I was like I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw… peeew… just threw it.

“Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean…

“I apologise Sir Alex, (I) really didn’t mean to do that.”

Fabregas was asked where the pizza struck Ferguson and indicated it was on the Scot’s cheek.

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Manchester United and Arsenal contest a Premier League fixture

The match, which ended 2-0 to United, had been a feisty one, as games between the two sides often were at the turn of the millennium.

And while the identity of the pizza thrower is now clear, one question surely remains: Margherita, or something else?

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