By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas has no case to answer on charges of improper conduct brought by the Football Association on Friday.
Just before the manager’s usual press conference, it was announced that the Arsenal captain was in the dock over incidents at the end of the FA Cup tie with Hull on March 17.
According to the FA statement: “Fabregas faces two charges of improper conduct relating to his conduct on the pitch following the game. One charge concerns his behaviour in coming onto the pitch after the final whistle, the second charge relates to an alleged spitting incident.”
However his manager feels there is little evidence against the 21-year-old and he was “very positive” about the outcome.
“I personally looked at the reports, I looked at the video evidence, and there is nothing in there really against Cesc,” said Wenger.
“I don’t know [about an appeal]. I have to see what we can do about that. I am not a great fan of appeals because I said at the start that we are very open to co-operate with the FA investigation and I don’t think we should stop that.
“But I am very positive having seen the evidence.
“Frankly, there was enough evidence in what I’ve seen that the case should have been dropped.
“But I haven’t actually spoken to him [about this yet] because I only heard about it when I was coming to the press conference.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Apr 2009