Moyes launches furious attack on Fabregas after Emirates tunnel bust-up
Published 23:05 01/02/11 By John Cross
David Moyes last night launched a furious attack on Cesc Fabregas after a half-time tunnel bust-up at the Emirates.
Moyes claimed the Arsenal captain should have been sent off after claiming Fabregas gave referee Lee Mason a foul mouthed verbal volley.
The angry flare-up came after referee Mason and linesman Stephen Child allowed Louis Saha's controversial opener to stand even though the Everton striker was in an offside position.
Everton boss Moyes, whose side were beaten by Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny's late winner, said: "Fabregas' comments to the officials warranted a sending off, half-time coming down the tunnel.
"I'm not going to repeat them. Disappointing comments from such a talented footballer.
"They were deserving of a sending off, 100 per cent. If he'd said them on the pitch he would have been off like that. We heard it. Why should it be any different in the tunnel?
"The decision for the goal seemed to change a lot of things in the game. He (Fabregas) got away with that kick on (Mikel) Arteta - there were three tackles on Arteta in the first six minutes.
"I don't mind tackling, as long as we don't get it thrown back in our faces when we do it. But I get fined too much money if I talk about the referee."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed Fabregas did not swear to the referee and he was the only one to speak to Mason.
Wenger also launched a bitter attack on title rivals Chelsea, mocking Roman Abramovich's £71m spending spree on transfer deadline day.
Wenger, who did not spend a penny in January, added: "Chelsea supported the financial fair play, but in the morning they announce a £70m loss and in the afternoon buy £75m worth of players. Where's the logic in that?
"It's hard to guess. Officially they vote for the financial fair play, so they can explain much better than I why they do it.
"It shows you two things: that Chelsea, for a while, Abramovich was a bit in no man's land where nobody could really guess whether he wanted to still invest or not.
"But, certainly, that has changed. He has decided to put big money in again, and that tells you that certainly in the summer more will come. He is back to full investment. £75m it means more will come."