Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Monday night should be remembered only as the game that won Leicester City the Premier League title.
Because to remember anything else is to remember a game marred by ugly incidents including an eye-gouge, a 69-year-old being knocked to the floor and bust-ups involving more than a dozen men.
Things continued in the tunnel, with reports claiming that Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas slapped Tottenham players in the groin. And according to eyewitnesses, Fabregas’ actions provoked a furious response from Eric Dier.
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The Daily Mail claim that the Tottenham midfielder made a threatening gesture towards the Spaniard, leaving onlookers shocked.
Dier was reportedly incensed by Fabregas’ continuous goading during the 90 minutes.
Not only that, but the Chelsea man has been accused of shouting profanities in Spanish at Erik Lamela.
Former Tottenham player Graham Roberts was so angered by Fabregas that he called him a “wimp” on Twitter in an astonishing rant.
“What a whinger fabregas was last night wish I was still playing would have loved to come up against him,” Roberts wrote. “What a wimp COYS”.
Fabregas provoked Tottenham
The 28-year-old didn’t endear himself to Tottenham’s players last month when he admitted he wanted Leicester to win the league.
The Foxes led the table when Fabregas was asked if he wanted any more twists in the title race.
“Hopefully not. I don't want Spurs to win it - I want to be honest and clear,” the former Arsenal man declared on Sky Sports.
“I would love, for what they've done for the rest of the season, I would love Leicester to win the Premier League.”
Clearly, Tottenham’s players remembered what Fabregas said.
While watching his side throw away a 2-0 lead to lose the title, Mauricio Pochettino was also forced to watch his players completely lose their heads.
Mousa Dembele will almost certainly serve a suspension if the FA think he intentionally jabbed his fingers into Diego Costa’s left eye during one scrap. The evidence appears pretty conclusive.
Pochetteno, who stepped onto the pitch to separate Danny Rose and Willian when the pair clashed, was right when he admitted his players set a bad example.
“Maybe we didn’t set a good example, but it’s a normal emotion, fighting on the pitch,” the Argentine said, per the Daily Mail.
“I was involved in all of it. I tried to be calm. But it was derby, we were fighting for the title and Chelsea fighting to win the game, but I think they make us feel very proud, how Chelsea took the game and showed us respect.
“It’s not personal, we respect them. We have full respect for them. It’s football, we are men, they are men, we need to show we are strong.”
The FA will likely come down hard on both teams.