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FA awaits ref's report on spitting

THE English FA is waiting for the referee's report before deciding whether to take any action against Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas following an allegation that he spat at Hull City assistant manager Brian Horton.

Hull manager Phil Brown had accused Spaniard Fabregas of spitting at the feet of Horton in the tunnel of the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup quarterfinal victory on Tuesday.

"We are aware of the allegations but are waiting for the report from referee Mike Riley, or if there is any complaint from Hull City," an FA spokesman said yesterday.

Fabregas strongly denied spitting at anyone.

"I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match," Fabregas, who did not play because of injury, said in a statement on Arsenal's Website. "I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?

"I can understand the frustration of losing a game to a dubious goal, that has happened to me many times in my career as well. But this is not the fault of me or any of the Arsenal players."

Brown said he had watched Fabregas spitting near his assistant manager. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had not witnessed any incidents at the end of the game. "I went early and haven't seen anything," he told reporters.


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