Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've No Regrets over Final Brawl

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've No Regrets over Final Brawl

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Byline: By Adrian Curtis

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists he has no regrets about his spat with Cesc Fabregas as a mass brawl shamed a thrilling Carling Cup final in stoppage time.

Lampard, stand-in captain after John Terry had been carried off with what appeared at the time to be a serious head injury, received a yellow card for his altercation with the Arsenal midfielder.

The ensuing unsavoury brawl, which saw both managers run on to the Millennium Stadium pitch in order to try to calm the situation, was sparked by Mikel Jon Obi's challenge on Arsenal captain Kolo Toure.

The Arsenal player reacted violently to Mikel's tackle even though referee Howard Webb had awarded a free-kick to the Gunners.

But as they squared up to each other, the fighting spilled over into other areas of the pitch with Lampard and Fabregas involved in an ugly confrontation.

Once the situation had been brought under control, Webb red-carded both Toure and Mikel as well as Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor was harshly adjudged to have been dismissed when substitute Emmanuel Eboue was clearly seen to strike Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge.

But his refusal to leave the playing area when ordered to do so by Webb may yet see the striker face further punishment from the Football Association who are also likely to consider charging both clubs with failing to control their players. But Lampard insists that he only did what he felt was right in order to help out his colleagues.

He said: "People talked about the Carling Cup a few years ago and criticised the fact that teams don't want to win it but this was a game both teams wanted to win.

"However much you want to criticise what happened at the end and say it should not happen, and this and that, we should all be happy it was a great battle. …

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