Fabregas charged by FA over Hull fracas

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Cesc Fabregas has been charged with improper conduct in relation to an alleged spitting incident at the end of Arsenal's FA Cup match against Hull City last month, the FA said in a statement today.

Hull manager Phil Brown, who has also been charged with improper conduct, told reporters after the match that Spanish midfielder Fabregas had spat at Hull's assistant boss Brian Horton after the final whistle.

Fabregas faces two charges, the other concerning his conduct in running on to the pitch at the end of a match he did not play in.

The FA said Brown had been charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute for comments about referee Mike Riley.

The match at the Emirates Stadium was a highly charged affair, with things boiling over at the final whistle when Fabregas, who sat out the match injured, stormed onto the pitch.

The allegation that the Arsenal captain spat on Horton has been strongly denied by the Spaniard.

Arsenal manager Wenger said today: "Fabregas has been charged for improper conduct on the night.

"I always said we are always very open to co-operate with any investigation.

"I personally looked at the reports, at the video evidence and there is nothing in there against Cesc."

Wenger continued: "I don't know if we will appeal - I will see what we can do about that.

"At the start, I am not a great fan of appealing because I said we are very open to co-operate and now I dont think we should stop that.

"I am very positive that there was enough evidence in what I have seen that the case should have been dropped."

Fabregas would likely face a suspension if found guilty by the FA.