Brit Awards 2014: 'I come in peace!' Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas pleads as presents award with X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

Fabregas was apologising for Barca's 2-0 win over Manchester City the previous night

Calmness personified on the pitch, but Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas appeared rather sheepish as he presented the Brit Award for Best International Group with X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger at the o2 Arena on Wednesday night.

The midfielder, who used to play in London for Arsenal, was introduced by the excitable Scherzinger as someone who "had some fun last night," in reference to Barca's comprehensive 2-0 victory over Manchester City in their Champions League last-16 first-leg contest at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

With team-mate Lionel Messi and his garish red suit seemingly unavailable for the evening, the Brit Awards' organisers brought in Fabregas, who, facing a crowd of industry bods and pop bands, somehow found the need to apologise for Barca's win 200 miles away the previous night, proud City fan Noel Gallagher was probably giving him the evil eye.

Watch the video of the Fabregas at the Brits below

"I'm sorry about last night. I come in peace!" Fabregas pleaded.

Scherzinger then drawled: "He's not shy at all"

The award was won by robotic dance duo Daft Punk, but collected by disco legend Nile Rodgers who collaborated with the pair on three tracks on their album Random Access Memories, including the inescapable single Get Lucky.

Read more:
Pellegrini blasts referee Eriksson after Messi penalty
Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 match report
Lionel Messi analysis
Comment: Not the worst Barca, but not the team they once were
Suggested Topics
News
peoplePaper attempts to defend itself
Voices
voicesWe desperately need men to be feminists too
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits