Date: 30th December 2007 at 12:51pm
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Cesc Fabregas insists that referee Martin Atkinson got it right when he sent Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta off for throwing out an elbow in yesterday’s game at Everton.

In a game that saw fouls a plenty from both sides, and a red card for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, it was not all that suprising to see an Everton player see red, then get red.

Arteta threw his arm accross Fabregas’ face in the final 6 minutes of the game and rightly got a straight red from Atkinson.

Speaking after the incident Cesc said: ‘He is my friend but this is football. It just happened, the same with Nicklas.

Everyone can have their opinion but the one thing I am sure about is that he put his elbow in my face and that is a red card.’


However, Everton boss David Moyes refuesd to accept it. He told Everton’s official website: ‘Cesc Fabregas was acting like he had broken his jaw. But you come and have a look at Andy Johnson`s shin.’

I don’t think anyone can say that Bendtner didn’t deserve to be sent off, but that incident has nothing at all to do with Arteta’s clear elbow in Cesc’s face. I’d love to know what Moyes would have to say about it had it been the other way round.