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Sagna Felt Zabaleta 'Hatred' But Regrets Actions

Sagna Felt Zabaleta 'Hatred' But Regrets Actions

Bacary Sagna has spoken about how he 'blew a fuse' after Man City's Zabaleta allegedly threw a tirade of insults at the right back in Man City's emphatic nil nil draw at the Grove last week.

Both Zabaleta and Sagna were both sent from the field of play after a clash on the touch line in which Bac seemed to fly off the handle in a innocuous clash which climaxed with the dreadlocked defender aiming a headbutt at the City man.

Sagna says that he felt hatred towards the Argentine after hearing the insults aimed at him, but also claims his actions were regrettable and he'll learn from this incident and not let it happen again.

'I have been having to take kicks from opponents for a good many weeks without referees cracking down on them, when Zabaleta swore at me I just blew a fuse. I can speak Spanish, and I understood the insults he aimed at me. I did not want to take them lying down - he pushed me to the limit.'

'I regret my actions, and I am the first to say that these types of gestures should be banned from the field of play. But I cracked up on Wednesday. I felt hatred for him. but I am not a gangster. The sending-off will serve as a lesson to me for the future, and I won`t make the same mistake again.`

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Date:Sunday January 9 2011
Time: 1:57PM


It was frustration at your inability to break us down, plain and simple. Silly and petulant, and nothing whatsoever to do with the fouls he's suffered in previous games.
09/01/2011 14:12:00
No it's not anything to do with fouls ..... or inability to break you down, it's because he was insulted. Was it unprofessional behaviour? Yes, but he's just human. If assumption is the name of the game here, I'm going to go ahead and only assume that it must have been a racist comment that made him so angry.
09/01/2011 14:15:00
Yeah we always forget that you are Sagna's best friend, psychologist and guide FCB. You would know what Sagna is going to think and feel before he does it.
09/01/2011 15:16:00
I'm sure Zabaleta has picked up a few choice spanish expressions while serving his time at Espanyol, and have no doubt that he would stoop low enough to use them to his advantage. Low-life always do. Is that the calibre of player city welcomes into its ranks?
Wyn Mills
09/01/2011 23:16:00
I believe Sagna that it was in big part related to fouls in previous games. Sagna has been stamped on by Bowyer, kicked in the stomach by Ferdinand and more recently. The ref didn't do anything, and Sagna just took it like a soldier and kept going. But if you keep swallowing your frustration, good chance it eventually blows up at some minor incident.
09/01/2011 23:21:00
Still, it was a harsh red card IMO. No one was hurt in the slightest by the altercation. And given that the FA has cleared Zabaleta, they are effectively saying that the incident was 100% Sagna's fault and 0% Zabaleta's fault. Sagna is unlucky. Interesting though, because one thing I like about Sagna is that he is tough and uncompromising, yet very professional and never dirty. Song is the same; it shows a difference between the Arsenal culture and that at say, Man U (compare them to say, the Neviller).
09/01/2011 23:28:00
Wyn and Rocky, that's just pathetic to assume he used a racist remark. It says more about how you're minds work. Krimson - harsh? You're having a laugh, right?
10/01/2011 15:03:00
Bluedub, Sagna has commented that what Zabaleta said has no place on the football field. It's reasonable to assume it had to be worse than "get up you fecking girl's blouse" for Sagna to react in the way he did.
Wyn Mills
11/01/2011 01:48:00
Sagna does not have a volatile reputation and for him to react on the way that he did must have taken some provocation. We will probably never get to know what Zabaleta said but it must have been pretty nasty. Sure, professional footballers have all kinds of tactics to put off an opponent and it should have been just another day at the office for Sagna but it clearly wasn’t. Zabaleta must have gone beyond the limits, and you can only conclude that he is a classless individual from a classless club.
Sir Henry
11/01/2011 17:21:00
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