Arsenal club captain Cesc Fabregas has publicly denied an allegation he spat at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton after Tuesday night's FA Cup quarter-final clash at the Emirates Stadium ended in controversy.
The Gunners' win was overshadowed after the final whistle when Hull boss Phil Brown accused Fabregas of spitting and Arsene Wenger of putting pressure on referee Mike Riley.
"I was there and I witnessed it, he spat at my assistant manager down the tunnel," Brown said. "That is their club captain, hopefully he is proud of himself. He spat at his feet."
Horton is reported to be willing to report Fabregas to the Football Association, while Fabregas released a statement insisting he did not spit.
"I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match," read the statement on www.arsenal.com. "I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?
"I can understand the frustration of losing a game to a dubious goal, that has happened to me many times in my career as well. But this is not the fault of me or any of the Arsenal players."
Before the alleged tunnel row, Brown felt Riley "succumbed to local pressure" in the second half after his players were jeered for time-wasting.
"Mr Wenger decides to join in and the result is my goalkeeper getting booked in the second half," he said. "I can't say what went on at half-time, I have no idea."
He added: "Arsene Wenger got my goalkeeper booked. You call that good management? He was complaining about time-wasting."
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