Fabregas charged over Hull spit storm row

LONDON - Cesc Fabregas has been charged with improper conduct in relation to an alleged spitting incident at the end of Arsenal's FA Cup match against Hull City last month, the English FA said in a statement on Friday.

Hull manager Phil Brown, who has also been charged with improper conduct, told reporters after the match that Spanish midfielder Fabregas had spat at Hull's assistant boss Brian Horton after the final whistle.

Fabregas faces two charges, the other concerning his conduct in running on to the pitch at the end of a match he did not play in.

The FA said Brown had been charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute for comments about referee Mike Riley.

Arsenal won the match 2-1.

Fabregas, who has strongly denied the spitting allegation, and Brown have until May 12 to respond, the FA said.

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