Cesc Fabregas has finally admitted that he threw a pizza on former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is a tale that has been famous. Arsenal faced Manchester United on October 24, 2004, in a game where they entered on the back of a 49-match unbeaten run. However, they went on to lose to the Red Devils 2-0 in a fiery affair.
Both the sides clashed in the tunnel and in a tale never confirmed prior to this, Fabregas was alleged to have thrown Pizza at Alex Ferguson’s face.
Ashley Cole wrote in his autobiography: ‘All eyes turned and all mouths gawped to see this pizza slip off that famous puce face and roll down his nice black suit.’
Ferguson also previously said: ‘They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit is.’
Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown hinted at the assailant, commenting: ‘From what I understand, it was a Spanish fella with great technique. Even when it came to the pizza he had great technique. He threw it like a Frisbee.’
And now, while making an appearance on A League of Their Own, the Spanish Chelsea midfielder has confirmed he was the culprit.
On the upcoming episode, host James Corden asks Fabregas: ‘Tonight, can we finally put the case of the flying pizza to bed once and for all? Were you the culprit that thew the pizza?’
The 30-year-old immediately replied, ‘yes!’, before going into the story: ‘Martin Keown is a liar because I saw him in front of me just, like, punching people so he didn’t see anything.
‘All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought what’s happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other.
‘I was like I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw… peeew… just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean…’
Fabregas then turns to the camera on the show and adds: ‘I apologize Sir Alex, really didn’t mean to do that’.
When asked by Jamie Redknapp where the pizza hit Ferguson, Fabregas then taps the side of his own face.
The game was well touted to be a fiery encounter after Ruud Van Nistelrooy famously missed a penalty in the corresponding fixture the previous year which saw a group of Arsenal players surround the Dutchman aggressively.
Nistelrooy did not make the same mistake this time as he emphatically converted from the spot before a 19-year old Wayne Rooney condemned Arsenal to a first defeat in 50 games.