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Fabregas cleared of wrong-doing

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been cleared of allegations he spat at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton after the FA Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium on March 17, the Football Association have confirmed.

The Spain midfielder, who was not playing at the time because of a knee injury, always maintained his innocence, and an independent commission has now found there was not enough evidence on two charges of improper conduct.

While the outcome of the investigation was concluded last week, the FA had not wanted to make any public statement until after the end of the Barclays Premier League season on Sunday, when Hull will face champions Manchester United needing victory to guarantee their top-flight status.

Hull manager Phil Brown, who made the allegations live on television in a post-match interview, was also charged by the FA following his outburst at referee Mike Riley, and has requested a personal hearing into that matter.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA can confirm that, at a regulatory commission hearing, two charges of improper conduct against Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas were found not proved.

"The charges related to Fabregas's conduct following the FA Cup match between Arsenal and Hull at the Emirates Stadium on 17 March.

"One charge concerned his conduct after coming onto the pitch following the final whistle. The second charge related to an allegation of spitting."

Fabregas was also criticised by Brown for the manner in which he celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle.

However, the 22-year-old said: "Eight players were on the pitch as well, so then everyone should be suspended."

On the allegation of spitting, Fabregas reflected: "If I am suspended for that, my heart and my mind will be relaxed because I have not done anything wrong."

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