The FA are receiving evidence on Monday from Hull City representatives regarding the allegations Phil Brown made after the FA Cup tie at The Emirates. Brian Horton has re-appeared and it looks like they will get their "evidence" to the FA before the deadline.
Hull City chairman Paul Duffen is quoted as saying, "There's no question in my mind that Brian Horton, Phil Brown, and the coaching staff and players saw something happen that evening. I have absolutely no doubt something took place and I'm sure the inquiry will find out all those facts and details."
Fabregas, however, when asked if he was confident that he would be cleared by the FA, replied, "For me it is closed already—I have nothing to say; I'm very happy. I'm going to play football again and that's the most important thing."
What is patently obvious is that there is no TV footage, or CCTV footage available. There are two sides to this, Arsenal's and Hull's. One man's word against another's.
What is so sad about this whole affair is that as soon as Hull City had made these accusations and as soon as they realised that it was not going to end there, they started back-peddling furiously.
First the disappearance of Brian Horton and now the comments of chairman Paul Duffen, which would appear to say that he wants the two clubs to "shake hands and make up."
"If there was an accommodation between the football clubs, that would be an elegant way of moving forward. This is nothing to do with anything other than an incident which has been picked up and followed through by the regulatory authorities and we are, therefore, co-operating with that fully."
"If there could be an easier way of moving forward which was less of a drama, then of course we would be happy with that."
In the second line of the quote, Duffen is intimating that there is nothing personal in all this. This is in sharp contrast to the “That’s what their club is about” quote from Phil Brown on Setanta Sports that evening. That sounds pretty personal to me.
Also laughable is the attempt to try to blame the FA for creating this whole debacle. In the heat of the moment, Phil Brown made some comments which I am sure that he wishes privately that he hadn't.
This personal attack on a player, his credibility, his dress sense, and his club, would be the last straw for some players. Especially young players playing in a foreign country. This would almost be enough to make a player seek new pastures.
Interesting then that the bastion of reliable sports news, "The News Of The World," has reported that Cesc is arrogant, hated by the other players, and, yes you guessed it, leaving in the summer.
The NOTW take is that Spanish giants Barcelona have been feeding the Spanish press stories of Cesc's supposed persecution at the Emirates, leading to his wanting to leave.
It is also strenuously asserted that since returning victorious from UEFA '08, Fabregas has been "swaggering" around, much to the annoyance of his teammates, many of who can't wait to see the back of him.
The NOTW end their piece with a comment that he would consider the £90,000 he would likely be offered in his contract negotiations as not enough, making him sound greedy without offering any evidence of it.
Interestingly, the allegations revolve around the comments of an "Arsenal Insider," so the article is safe. When it all turns out to be hog's wash, the NOTW can blame the "Insider" instead of having to admit they made it all up.
So how does all this affect Cesc Fabregas? Well, in a week he will be fit and playing again. He will slide back into the team and provide the rangy passes and playmaking that he is famous for. He is the captain of Arsenal and he will act like a captain. He will lead his team in the three competitions Arsenal are still contending.
As for the move to Spain, Cesc is reliably quoted as having said that he is happy at Arsenal and that his future is linked to Arsene Wenger. Arsene will surely sign a new contract before next season, and I can't see any reason why Cesc won't follow suit.