Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to Vic Akers after the former Arsenal Ladies manager was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Akers, who remains the Club's Kit Manager, relinquished his Ladies duties last summer after collecting a staggering 32 trophies in 22 years at the helm.

His contribution to women's football was officially recognised at the start of the month and Fabregas believes that Akers is worthy recipient of the OBE.

"I heard the fantastic news about Vic Akers being presented a royal award last week and I think it's amazing," Fabregas told the Official Matchday Programme.

"He is such a good man. I have known him for seven seasons and he has always treated me like a son. He treats everyone with such respect and everyone loves him for that.

"When things don’t go well, he always has something to say, or sometimes he doesn't say anything but he's there for you, putting an arm round you.

"He's a big help for us here, and he truly deserves this award for what he has done here over the years, for what he has done for the Ladies team, and for the man he is. Congratulations to him."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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12 Jan 2010