Fabregas didn’t have ‘courage’ to fight Man U ‘monsters’ so threw pizza instead

Arsenal icon Cesc Fabregas has revealed he threw a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson because he lacked the “courage” to take on Manchester United’s “monsters”.

The central midfielder was still a rising star at 17 as Arsenal and United locked horns in another titanic battle at Old Trafford during the 2004/05 season. It was a fiery affair as Red Devils stars resorted to the dark arts to end the Gunners’ 49-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win in October 2004.

Chaos ensued in the tunnel after the match when players from both sides kicked off as they approached the dressing rooms. And it prompted a young Fabregas to hurl a slice of pizza into the melee, which inadvertently ended up hitting Sir Alex.

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In a new ITV4 documentary titled Against The Odds: Cesc Fabregas: Pass Master set to air at 9pm on August 3, the former World Cup winner insisted it was due to his fear of United’s big boys, which included stars like Rio Ferdinand and Mikael Silvestre.

Fabregas said: “I just went in quickly to the dressing room and there was some food there and I was starving so I just took a slice of pizza. We started hearing noises from the tunnel and I saw the players and Arsene [Wenger], everyone in the tunnel.

“The first thing that occurred to me was just throw the pizza because I didn’t have the power or the courage to go into that fight because they were monsters in there. They were super big guys and apparently it hit Sir Alex Ferguson.”

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Red Devils legend Ferdinand recalled in his own Vibe with Five podcast earlier this year that the teenage Fabregas had not meant to hit Sir Alex. And that the legendary Scot was unsurprisingly left incensed by the incident.

He said: “I don’t think he (Fabregas) meant to throw it at the gaffer, I think he just dashed it out the door and the gaffer was walking past.

“It did hit him, the lasting memory for me was a security guard was having to hold him back from trying to get into the changing room. That’s what I remember. You know what he’s like, if his head went that was it.”


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