Thursday 22 February 2018

Cesc Fabregas accused of provoking Spurs tunnel bust-up that left Guus Hiddink on the ground

Chelsea's Diego Costa clashes with Tottenham's Michel Vorm at the end of the match
Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley
Chelsea's Diego Costa clashes with Tottenham's Michel Vorm at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley

Matt Law

Cesc Fabregas has been accused of sparking the ugly scenes at the end of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge battle with Tottenham by slapping Spurs players and staff in the groin.

Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink dragged Fabregas off the pitch in an attempt to defuse the situation, and also angrily laid into one of his own staff members who had joined in the tunnel bust-up.

Hiddink, who was accidentally pushed to the ground at the end of the match, was trying to play peacemaker by instructing his players to get into the dressing-room among much pushing and shouting.

When Chelsea's massage therapist Manoel Ribeiro ignored the Dutchman's instructions and continued to shout at Tottenham players and staff, Hiddink is said to have exploded and screamed "remember who the boss is", amid a number of expletives.

Ribeiro is close to Diego Costa and may well have been attempting to defend the striker, who squared up to Tottenham's reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm at the end of the game and had earlier seemed to have been gouged in the eye by Mousa Dembele.

Eyewitnesses claim Fabregas was the main instigator. The Spaniard is alleged to have slapped more than one Spurs player and member of staff in the groin, sparking a number of verbal and physical reactions.

Hiddink revealed that he got hold of Fabregas because he was shouting "threatening" words in Spanish that would have been understood by the majority of the Tottenham management and Erik Lamela, who had trodden on the hand of the former Barcelona man.

Fabregas had announced that he did not want Tottenham to win the League while acting as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Dembele, Lamela, Tottenham and Chelsea will find out today what charges they will face after the Football Association started to pick through all of the fallout yesterday.

Dembele is facing a retrospective ban for his eye gouge, while the FA will have to rule whether Lamela purposely left his foot on the hand of Fabregas.

Both clubs will almost certainly be fined for failing to control their players, while Tottenham will receive an automatic £25,000 fine for accumulating nine bookings and could face action after Eden Hazard was pelted with coins as he celebrated his equaliser. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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