Cesc Fabregas reveals tasty details behind ‘pizzagate’ chaos and makes ‘courage’ admission
Cesc Fabregas has opened up on the ‘pizzagate’ incident and the tricky job of replacing Patrick Vieria for the Gunners.
The Battle of the Buffet, as it was also known, took place at Old Trafford after United had beaten the Gunners 2-0.
Controversy during the clash led to a scuffle between the Arsenal and United stars in the tunnel.
It all ended with Ferguson receiving a pizza to the face, and Fabregas was the the man who sent the slice on its way.
But speaking as part of ITV’s Against The Odds programme, Fabregas revealed he actually tasted the pizza before throwing it.
“I just went in quickly to the dressing room and there was some food there and I was starving so I just took a slice of pizza,” he said.
“We started hearing noises from the tunnel and I saw the players and Arsene, everyone in the tunnel.
“The first thing that occurred to me was just throw the pizza because I didn’t have the power or the courage to go into that fight because they were monsters in there. They were super big guys and apparently it hit Sir Alex Ferguson.”
On a more serious topic, Fabregas spoke about how he felt replacing legendary figure Patrick Vieira.
“The day Patrick left was a very sad one but a very important one for my career,” the Spaniard said.
“Arsene called me into a room before training and said to me, what do you think if I tell you I’m selling Patrick?
“I feel you are ready and he’s blocking you and you are ready to fly. I took it with a lot of emotion. I thought Patrick was going to hate me.
“He was my idol because I learnt so much from him. If he’s going to hit me, he’s going to hit me hard! He was happy, he told me I could take the number four shirt.”