By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Cesc Fabregas used his language skills to trigger a tunnel bust-up in the wake of Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Monday night, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the midfielder began goading members of Spurs’ backroom staff in a mixture of Spanish and English as the players left the pitch at the end of a fractious encounter.
Fabregas is said to have provoked a reaction which led to Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink falling to the ground in a collision with Tottenham’s Danny Rose as he waded in to protect Fabregas.
The feisty encounter at Stamford Bridge featured a series of flashpoints and included melees involving players and coaches at both half-time and at the final whistle.
Tottenham were handed nine yellow cards – a record for a Premier League match – as tempers boiled over, particularly in the final stages as the home side came from 2-0 down to level the scores to 2-2.
The result ended Spurs’ title hopes and ensured that Leicester were crowned title winners for the first time in the club’s 138-year history.
Spurs will face an automatic £25,000 fine for having nine players booked, while three players could face individual sanction depending on what referee Mark Clattenburg reports to have seen.
Kyle Walker appeared to kick out at Pedro in the first half before Mousa Dembele seemingly eye-gouged Diego Costa as the game approached half-time. Erik Lamela also trod on Fabregas’ hand during the second half and that incident could also be reviewed if deemed violent conduct.
Fabregas played the entire 90 minutes of the match in the No10 role and continued his fine form with an impressive display.
Former Tottenham hardman Graham Roberts was unimpressed with the former Arsenal midfielder repeatedly complaining to the officials about the physical treatment received by the Chelsea attacking players.
He took to Twitter to expressed his distaste for Fabregas on Tuesday.
What a whinger fabregas was last night wish I was still playing would have loved to come up against him. What a wimp COYS
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) May 3, 2016
Roberts, 56, was renowned for his no-nonsense style during his playing days, which included a six-year spell at White Hart Lane from 1980 to 1986, as well as two years at Chelsea from 1988 to 1990.
There is no love lost between Spurs fans and Fabregas, who had made it clear in the build-up to Monday’s match that he wanted Leicester to win the league ahead of the north Londoners.