FA charge could held Hull

Hull have been given encouragement by the Football Association’s action against Doncaster’s Richie Wellens ahead of the deadline for a complaint being lodged over the Cesc Fabregas spitting row.

Hull have been given encouragement by the Football Association’s action against Doncaster’s Richie Wellens ahead of the deadline for a complaint being lodged over the Cesc Fabregas spitting row.

Fabregas was accused of spitting at Hull assistant boss Brian Horton just after the final whistle of Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final win, with an extension now granted until Monday for formal statements to be submitted.

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton accused Wellens of spitting at him during a Coca-Cola Championship match last month, with the FA this week charging Wellens and giving the Doncaster midfielder until April 7 to respond.

Hull need to submit written documents to Soho Square if they want the FA to investigate the alleged incident involving Fabregas and Horton at the Emirates Stadium, and it is understood the extension was granted as Horton is abroad.

Tigers boss Phil Brown was furious with William Gallas appearing offside when he scored Arsenal’s winner, then with Gunners skipper Fabregas being on the pitch celebrating despite being out injured with a knee complaint.

Brown then accused Fabregas of spitting at Horton when the pair were down the tunnel.

“I was there and I witnessed it, he spat at my assistant manager down the tunnel,” Brown said afterwards. “That is their club captain, hopefully he is proud of himself. He spat at his feet.”

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