David Moyes hits out again at Arsene Wenger

Everton manager David Moyes has hit back at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in a row over the conduct of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.

Wenger said "it is wrong for Moyes to come out on what he pretends to have heard in the tunnel" after the Everton boss claimed Fabregas made "disgusting" comments towards officials this week.

The Spaniard was alleged to have approached the fourth official at half-time during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to complain about the visitors' goal.

Arsenal were angry Louis Saha had not been flagged offside before opening the scoring in the Barclays Premier League clash.

Moyes said: "I have to defend the integrity of Everton and David Moyes as well.

"I think it has been said I didn't see it or I didn't hear it.

"Well I was there and I saw it and I heard it.

"Cesc questioned Everton's integrity by suggesting we possibly had given money to the referee.

"In doing that he also questioned the integrity of the referees.

"If I had said that or any other player had said that I think that would have warranted a sending off.

"I think Arsene said there was an unwritten rule that you don't say things which are in the tunnel.

"Well his player was the one who broke the unwritten rule.

"Because what he did was question Everton football club, that we may be paying officials."

Wenger has defended his player and said that only he spoke to referee Lee Mason at half-time.

Moyes however has confirmed that he thought Fabregas was speaking to fourth official Kevin Wright.

He said: "Cesc never swore once. He was very calm, very calculated. It wasn't a rant or a rave like I've heard a lot people saying.

"It was just straight to the point and I thought it was out of order and he deserved to be sent off.

"I thought if I said that to the fourth official - who he did direct it to - I would have been sent off and the FA would be involved and probably fining me £8,000 again."

Mason made no mention of any half-time incidents in his report and the Football Association will not be investigating.

Moyes added: "We have no intention of getting the FA involved.

"If the FA ask for information I won't give them it. That doesn't get me three points back.

"In truth I wouldn't have even brought it up or mentioned it again if it wasn't that it looks like Arsene seems to think I have not seen or heard it."

Defeat at Arsenal has left Everton just three points above the relegation zone and still struggling to build momentum.

The Merseysiders have won just two of their last 14 Premier League games and are anxious to put that right as out-of-form Blackpool visit Goodison Park tomorrow.

Ian Holloway's promoted Seasiders are a point and two places better off than Everton but have experienced a reality check in recent weeks, losing on six of their last seven league outings.

Moyes said: "Ian's doing a brilliant job. There are other managers doing great jobs but Ollie is certainly doing very well.

"I think people like them because of their attacking style.

"I think they make lots of opportunities, they give you opportunities and that makes the games open.

"If you take your chances you can get in front but if they take their they can be a handful. They have attacking options and some good players."

Everton did not make any major signings during the January transfer window due to a lack of funds, not even managing to bring in loan players.

But they can at least welcome back top scorer Tim Cahill tomorrow after a month away with Australia at the Asian Cup.

The 31-year-old scored nine times before joining up with his international colleagues after the Christmas programme, still four more than any other player.

Moyes said: "It's great to have him back. He's a big player for us and scores important goals."

Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
Sport
The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Commonwealth GamesThe actor encouraged the one billion viewers of the event to donate to the children's charity
Arts and Entertainment
The Tour de France peloton rides over a bridge on the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, earlier this month
film
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Very tasty: Vladimir Putin dining alone, perhaps sensibly
newsJohn Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
News
The University of California study monitored the reaction of 36 dogs
sciencePets' range of emotions revealed
Arts and Entertainment
The nomination of 'The Wake' by Paul Kingsnorth has caused a stir
books
News
Joining forces: young British men feature in an Isis video in which they urge Islamists in the West to join them in Iraq and Syria
newsWill the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?
News
i100
News
Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
News
Bey can do it: Beyoncé re-enacts Rosie the Riveter's pose
newsRosie the Riveter started out as an American wartime poster girl and has become a feminist pin-up. With Beyoncé channeling her look, Gillian Orr tells her story
Life and Style
Donna and Paul Wheatley at their wedding
healthShould emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
tv
Voices
voicesSiobhan Norton on why she eventually changed her mind
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?

Some couples are allowed emergency hospital weddings, others are denied the right. Kate Hilpern reports on the growing case for a compassionate cutting of the red tape
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit