The exit of Francesc Fabregas from Arsenal caused a bit of a stink when a magazine claimed that he had said that he was leaving because he believed that Arsenal were no longer capable of winning trophies. Which he says he never, ever said. Fabregas has now confirmed that he’s received an apology, retraction and damages from the offending magazine. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
FC Barcelona midfielder Francesc Fabregas tweeted that he had got an apology, retraction and damages from Sport magazine, which attributed a quote slagging off Arsenal to the former Gunner’s captain.
Cesc tweeted: “Got the apology and retraction from that magazine that made up an interview about me. Can’t believe some journalists. I will also get … damages that I will give to charity. Hope it teaches them a lesson. I would NEVER say a bad word about Arsenal Football Club”.
The quote attributed to the player said that he had left the north London club because he wanted to “be in a club that is able to win the big titles year after year and I don’t see that kind of future for Arsenal”.
Sport themselves admitted that actually, there had been no interview – as they had previously pretended. “On 16 September 2011 we published an article described as an interview with Cesc Fabregas,” they said in a statement. “In fact, there was no actual interview (the player was speaking at two press events) and Fabregas did not say the words attributed to him, including and in particular about Arsenal. We were unaware of these matters when we published the article which was written by a freelance journalist. We apologise profusely to Mr Fabregas for any damage caused.” DM
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