By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger knows that the behaviour of Cesc Fabregas in the tunnel on Tuesday night stayed within acceptable boundaries for one very important reason - the FA have not charged him.

After their 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium, Everton manager David Moyes suggested the Arsenal captain had made unsavoury comments to referee Lee Mason at half-time and should have been sent off.

However the incident was not mentioned in the official’s report and, on Wednesday, the FA confirmed that the Spaniard would not be charged. In Wenger’s eyes that concludes the story.

“There is nothing to clarify,” he said. “If Cesc is guilty, he would have been charged. But he has not been charged by the FA, there is no action against him so I don’t see why we should spend any more time to defend somebody who is not guilty. For me the incident is closed.

“You would be amazed with what I have heard in the last ten years in the tunnels and I never came out with anything.

"You have to understand that if you play football tomorrow with your friends, you go sometimes in at half-time and say something to your friend that you would not be very proud of 24 hours later. But it is all in the heat of the moment.”

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3 Feb 2011