Cesc Fabregas has been accused of sparking the fight/brawl/fracas between Chelsea and Tottenham players on Monday, according to reports.
Nine Tottenham players and three Chelsea players were booked during the 2-2 draw between the two sides at Stamford Bridge, with Football Association charges expected for both sides.
Tottenham will face an automatic fine due to the amount of bookings their players incurred, while Mousa Dembele could be banned for ten games for gouging the eye of Diego Costa.
Players from both sides engaged in a tussle at the end of the game, and the Daily Telegraph report that Fabregas was the main instigator.
According to Matt Law, Fabregas ‘slapped the groins’ of both Tottenham players and staff, only for interim manager Guus Hiddink to reportedly ‘drag the Spanish midfielder off the pitch’.
Law adds that while Dembele is likely to face an FA ban, Fabregas should escape punishment. The Telegraph’s football news correspondent writes:
‘Eyewitnesses of the bust-up that erupted at the final whistle of the 2-2 draw that handed the Premier League title to Leicester City claim Fabregas was the main instigator. The Spaniard is alleged to have slapped more than one Tottenham player and member of staff in the groin area, sparking a number of verbal and physical reactions.
‘Hiddink revealed afterwards that he got hold of Fabregas because the midfielder was shouting “threatening” words in Spanish that would have been understood by the majority of the Tottenham management staff and Érik Lamela, who had trod on the hand of the former Barcelona man.’