THAT video is wrong, I did not spit at Ballack, insists Arsenal star Fabregas

19 March 2009 10:39

captain Cesc Fabregas has denied that he spat in the face of Michael Ballack in 2005.

The 21-year-old Spain star has been accused of spitting at the feet of Hull

assistant manager Brian Horton in the tunnel after the Gunners's 2-1 FA Cup victory  over the Tigers on Tuesday night.

Soon after Hull's allegations had been made public, incriminating footage of the incident with the Germany midfielder Ballack, now at Chelsea

, emerged on YouTube.

Post-match row: Fabregas (second right) mixes it with the defeated Hull squad

The incident, filmed at Highbury in March 2005, shows the two midfielders clashing in a Champions League tie when Ballack was at Bayern Munich.

Fabregas, then 17, appears to make a spitting motion towards Ballack's face, but Fabregas insists he only shouted at his opponent.

Fabregas told The Sun: 'I have seen this video on the internet many times before and I remember the incident clearly. It was four years ago and I leant over to Michael Ballack, who was playing for Bayern at the time, and I shouted at him because I felt like I did not make a bad tackle and I felt that the contact was minimal.

'I did not spit at him. It happens during matches that sometimes you have heated exchanges with your opponents. I am not proud of it but I was 17. The referee saw it and gave me a yellow card.

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'People can try and find as many video clips as they like from when I was 17, or when I was 12 playing for my school team, but this does not change anything.'

Arsenal won that European tie against Bayern 1-0 but lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate. UEFA investigated the incident but Fabregas was never called to task.

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Source: Daily_Mail