Cesc Fabregas reveals all about his involvement in the 'Battle of the Buffet'

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It’s 24 October 2004, and Arsenal are unbeaten in 49 league matches.

That was until they travelled to Old Trafford and were controversially beaten 2-0 by Manchester United.

United took the lead in the 73rd-minute when Wayne Rooney won a controversial penalty before the striker consigned the Gunners to defeat.

But the day is perhaps better remembered for what happened after the final whistle.

Dubbed the ‘Battle of the Buffet,’ both sets of players clashed in the tunnel at full-time with Sir Alex Ferguson getting hit in the face with a pizza thrown by Cesc Fabregas.

Last year, Fabregas owned up to his antics on A League of Their Own.

But now, in an interview with BeIN SPORTS, Fabregas has told the full story.

“The way it happened we felt a little cheated you know because we didn’t deserve to lose to that game we were upset and there was a little bit of a fight,” he explained.

“When you have thirty players going into the dressing room, it’s a little bit tight there was a little pushing around and a small fight. Because I didn’t play I was one of the first players to go into the tunnel and I just saw a pizza because I was hungry.

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“I started hearing shouts and I went out and saw Rio Ferdinand all the big boys Thierry, and Sol Campbell going together, getting into a fight.

“When you are young and I was a little like this, I just didn’t know what to do as I was so small and skinny and to be honest I didn’t aim at anyone, but Man United were on one side so I just did it because there was nothing I could do because the tunnel was full of big guys having an argument.

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“I found out later it touched Mr Ferguson and I apologized already publicly and I’ll do it again. It wasn’t intentional it was a moment that just happens. I was young, I definitely wouldn’t use a pizza now, I would get straight in there now!”


Don’t you just miss that fierce rivalry between Arsenal and Man Utd?

Patrick Viera and Roy Keane going head-to-head, putting in crunching tackles with Ferguson and Arsene Wenger doing battle on the touchline.

Those were the days…

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