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How Fabregas threw pizza at Ferguson after Man United ended Arsenal's unbeaten run

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Former Arsenal player, Justin Hoyte has opened up on the incident at Old Trafford which saw Cesc Fabregas throw a pizza at former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The incident happened after Manchester United ended Arsenal's unbeaten run at 49 games.

Shortly after the final whistle, Arsenal players who felt some officiating decisions had wrongly gone against them took their grouse to Manchester United players in the tunnel.

The process saw a pizza flying in the air to hit Ferguson which forced him to have his post-match conference dressed in a tracksuit instead of a suit covered in pizza.

“They say it was Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was,” Ferguson wrote in 2013.

Justin Hoyte who now plays his football with Miami Beach Club de Futbol in the United States told Goal:

“It kicked off.

“I saw the pizza, but I didn’t see it hit him [Ferguson]. I just remember looking at everyone’s reactions after it happened because no-one could believe it.

“Everyone was just like, ‘wow someone has just thrown a pizza’.

“Obviously no-one expected that to happen because no-one has thrown pizza before at anyone.

“But all the emotions were just coming out. Everyone was going back and forwards with each other and then security was in there.”

Hoyte who had travelled down to Manchester United with the Arsenal squad he wasn't listed among for the night's game, added:

“Everyone blamed Ashley Cole at the time, but it wasn’t even him.

“We all knew [it was Fabregas] but no-one said anything really because there wasn’t much to say.

“It was just more that everyone was disappointed about losing rather than the pizza being thrown.

“We were just disappointed we’d lost, but everyone was laughing about it afterwards.”

Fabregas who admitted in 2017 to have thrown the pizza at Ferguson gave full detail in 2019 when he spoke with beIN Sports.

“Because I didn’t play I was one of the first players to go into the tunnel and I just saw a pizza because I was hungry,” he said.

“I started hearing shouts and I went out and saw Rio Ferdinand all the big boys, Thierry, and Sol Campbell getting into a fight.

“I didn’t know what to do as I was so small and skinny so I just did it [threw it] because there was nothing I could do because the tunnel was full of big guys having an argument.

“I found out later it touched Mr Ferguson and I apologised already publicly and I’ll do it again. It wasn’t intentional it was a moment that just happens.”