FA clear Fábregas of 'Spitgate'

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The Football Association have cleared Arsenal captain Cesc Fábregas of any improper conduct stemming from allegations that he spat at Hull City's assistant manager Brian Horton after the FA Cup tie at the Emirates on March 17.

Fábregas himself refused to appear at a hearing, but the FA found there was not enough evidence to support the claims levied against the Spaniard.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA can confirm that, at a regulatory commission hearing, two charges of improper conduct against Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fábregas were found not proved.

"The charges related to Fábregas's conduct following the FA Cup match between Arsenal and Hull at the Emirates Stadium on 17 March.

"One charge concerned his conduct after coming onto the pitch following the final whistle. The second charge related to an allegation of spitting."

The 22-year-old, who was not playing at the time because of a knee injury, was charged for entering the field of play after the match and for allegedly spitting at Horton in the tunnel.

Fábregas though always maintained his innocence.

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