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Cesc Insists Arteta Deserved Red

Cesc Insists Arteta Deserved Red

Cesc Fabregas insists that referee Martin Atkinson got it right when he sent Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta off for throwing out an elbow in yesterday's game at Everton.

In a game that saw fouls a plenty from both sides, and a red card for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, it was not all that suprising to see an Everton player see red, then get red.

Arteta threw his arm accross Fabregas' face in the final 6 minutes of the game and rightly got a straight red from Atkinson.

Speaking after the incident Cesc said: 'He is my friend but this is football. It just happened, the same with Nicklas.

Everyone can have their opinion but the one thing I am sure about is that he put his elbow in my face and that is a red card.'

However, Everton boss David Moyes refuesd to accept it. He told Everton's official website: 'Cesc Fabregas was acting like he had broken his jaw. But you come and have a look at Andy Johnson`s shin.'

I don't think anyone can say that Bendtner didn't deserve to be sent off, but that incident has nothing at all to do with Arteta's clear elbow in Cesc's face. I'd love to know what Moyes would have to say about it had it been the other way round.

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday December 30 2007
Time: 12:50PM


These kind of things make me sick to the stomach, play acting, that is. Whether it be from my team or the Mancs, it is disgusting. Is this a sport for men or overpaid idiots?
30/12/2007 12:56:00
Sorry Aamir, have you seen it? He clearly stuck his elbow in Cesc's face.
30/12/2007 13:02:00
im sorry, there are parts of this i agree with and parts i don't, arteta is not a dirty player, why would elbow his mate? his eyes where fixed on the ball and he used his arms to get infront of the player, it happens in amateur football all the time, cesc made a meal of it and the referee was even worse, insinuating that arteta had thrusted his elbow into cesc's face, it was an unfortunate incident made worse by cesc's play acting.
30/12/2007 13:04:00
Moyes should look at little closer at play acting if he disapproves of it. How about the blatant dives by Arteta on 30 mins, Yakubu on 40, the most blatant of them all Neville on 52m and then Lescott 93m? All unpunished. Play acting seems acceptable to him in some circumstances. If Cesc is guilty of play acting it was at least as a consequence of someone elses act of violent conduct. Arteta had already got away with it once in the game with an arm in the face of Clichy and Lescott was allowed one on Eduardo.
30/12/2007 13:08:00
You say why would Arteta elbow Cesc. In the same vein, why would Cesc stitch up his mate?
30/12/2007 13:08:00
Regardless of Cesc's reaction, Arteta had to go off. It was also disappointing to see Neville, Arteta and Yakubu falling over too.
30/12/2007 13:09:00
Well Amos is on the ball! I think he's just about summed it up. It really gets my goat when managers have double standards like that. Well put fella!
30/12/2007 13:11:00
considering arteta's dive in the first half it should have been a yellow card and the challenge he was sent off for should prob have been a 2nd yellow card, i feel justice was done. cesc may have made a meal of it and may not have, either way there was contact, i dont feel arteta meant it. a 3 match ban i would consider harsh for arteta, but these things happen.
30/12/2007 13:11:00
Unwell, to a fan it may seem harsh but by the letter of the law it's right. He stuck out an elbow and caught a player in the face. That's a 3 match ban.
30/12/2007 13:13:00
Whether or not Arteta's elbow touched Cesc's face, you would have thought Cesc had just gone 120 rounds with Mike Tyson.
30/12/2007 13:14:00
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