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September 21, 2011 / benwolfson08

Fabregas wins apology for magazine article

The former Arsenal captain was sold for £35 million to Barcelona in August

Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has received an apology from Sport Magazine after they published an article quoting Fabregas, in which he denied giving the interview.

Fabregas quickly rejected via his Twitter account that the magazine had quoted him saying “the reason he left Arsenal was because he feared the club had little chance to of winning a trophy in the near future”

Fabregas, who made his debut at 16 years old for Arsenal in October 2003, was sold back to his native Barcelona in August for £35 million.

The 24-year old was the current captain of Arsenal before he departed and had developed into one of the game’s best midfielders.

Many questioned Fabregas’s desire to go to Barca, considering he would most likely go from being captain at Arsenal to coming off the bench at FCB behind Xavi and Dani Iniesta.

However, Fabregas has wowed so far and looks to be back 100% healthy after being plagued the last couple of years in London by hamstring problems. So far this season he has five goals and four assists.

Fabregas's reaction via Twitter after he found out he had been issued an apology

Looking at this as a journalist and back on my time in London, stuff like this happens all the time. In London there are 11-13 daily newspapers and all the gossip/sports news are about footballers. Half the reason Fabregas went to Barcelona was because of the media fueling it. The media plays a huge role in football in the U.K. and rumors started have real effects.

Something London has that seems odd in America is called the British Press Complaints Commission. I was able to visit that this summer and find out about what it is they do from meeting with Will Gore, public affairs direction for the Commission.

Only the Guardian runs a corrections section out of the 11-13 daily newspapers. Papers are allowed to run what they want and “pay for scoops”. This system compromises the integrity of the news.

What is so far about Fabregas getting this apology is that the PCC barely has any power… They can’t force any paper to retract something they published, all they can do is file a complaint and hope they respond.

After reading about the apology issued last night I was grateful for the paper for doing it. I always loved watching Cesc in an Arsenal uniform so it’s nice knowing he didn’t leave on bad terms.

“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.”

I’ll enjoy watching Cesc though being able to win many trophies at Camp Nou even though he will always be remembered to me as an Arsenal legend.

P.S. bring back this flow, Cesc.


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