Cesc Fabregas explains why Chelsea vs Liverpool was a "farce"

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With six yellow cards and one red shown, the statistics from this morning's International Champions Cup match between Chelsea and Liverpool paint the picture of a far from friendly encounter.

And watching the challenge that earned Cesc Fabregas a red card in the 70th minute won't do much to change that view, either.

Speaking after the game, however, the Chelsea midfielder appeared to point the finger of blame at American referee Baldomero Toledo.


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The Spaniard was vocal in his criticism of the match officials for being too quick to hand out cards in the pre-season game - even going so far as to label the game as a "farce" because of Toledo's card-happy approach.

"We want to win every game and everything becomes very competitive," Fabregas explained, via

"I do think the ref for them and for us was giving cards all over the place that’s why. Sometimes when you do that as a ref you lose a little feeling of what is happening.

"If you give one that is 50-50 or 40-60 then you have to give the next one again and it became a little bit of a farce."


While many of the players who found their way into the referee's notebook this morning may feel hard done by, Fabregas himself surely can't have too many complaints about his own red card.

His challenge on Liverpool debutant Ragner Klaven was reckless at best as he went in with his studs showing.

Perhaps, if he was so aware that the American official was clamping down on the majority of challenges then he should have known better than to contest for the ball with Chelsea 1-0 up in a friendly match.

The 29-year-old, who entered the Liverpool changing room after the game to apologise for his tackle, does think that he probably would have escaped seeing red if it had occurred in the Premier League.

“In the Premier League, probably you could get away with it," he said.

"I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on."

In labelling the game a farce, however, Fabregas has become the latest big name to criticise a high-profile pre-season fixture this summer.

Earlier this week it was Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as he ranted at the state of the pitch in China that ultimately saw his team's match against Manchester United cancelled.

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