Fabregas explains how he got away with ‘kicking’ Keane

Date published: Saturday 19th May 2018 8:45

Cesc Fabregas is eager to win Saturday’s FA Cup final and replace the winners’ medal he has lost.

Fabregas won the 2005 FA Cup, aged 18, with Arsenal, beating Keane’s Manchester United in a penalty shootout in the final in Cardiff.

The 31-year-old Spain playmaker hopes United will be beaten again at Wembley this weekend to give Chelsea the trophy.

“Everyone talks about the Champions League, the World Cup, the Euros, but I think if you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is always very special,” Fabregas said.

“It is not easy to get into FA Cup finals. We have to value that, we have to appreciate that, go into Saturday knowing that if we win, we are winning a special trophy.

“I remember kicking Roy Keane in a good one-on-one,” said Fabregas, who was a second-half substitute as the Blues lost last year’s final to Arsenal,¬†of his FA Cup final memories.

“I won that one so I was happy. Then I remember when Patrick (Vieira) scored the winner.

“I think it was his last kick as well for Arsenal (before joining Juventus). It was a nice moment. Good celebrations.”

Keane is a fearsome opponent, but Fabregas insisted there was no retribution from the United captain.

“I got away because he was on the floor, so he could not say anything,” Fabregas added. “He couldn’t get hold of me.”

Fabregas cannot locate the medal from that final. His father used to store his medals for him but the 2005 FA Cup medal cannot be found. The 2010 World Cup winners’ medal was discovered, after initially being mislaid.

Fabregas said: “My dad used to keep them and once I grew up, one day I said, ‘Listen, where are all my medals and stuff?’

“He nearly lost the World Cup one even. It was in my mum’s house in a box. I have nearly all of them but I’ve lost two or three.

“This FA Cup one, I cannot find it.”


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