Cesc Fàbregas and Frederic Kanouté settle their differences

Pair confirm they have resolved dispute which flared up after goalless draw between Barcelona and Sevilla

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Fàbregas furiously denied he racially abused Kanouté via Twitter Photo: The Sport Review

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Cesc Fàbregas and Frederic Kanouté look to have settled the heated dispute that flared up in the wake of Barcelona’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Saturday.

Kanouté was sent off late on during the stalemate after appearing to grab the former Arsenal captain by the throat when Barcelona were awarded a penalty, sparking a mass brawl at the Nou Camp.

Local Spanish media reported that Fàbregas had racially abused the Sevilla forward but the Spain international immediately took to Twitter to deny the allegations, before confirming that the pair had settled their differences over the phone.

Fàbregas wrote: “I can proudly say that after many years in football, I always maintained the best relationships with my team-mates who came from different backgrounds, races, religions and nationalities.

“No one has ever accused me of being racist or bigoted in all my years of playing in the game.

“There is a simple explanation for that. I have never behaved in that manner. I will not tolerate anyone accusing me of things that I’m not. If they [are] frustrated by a decision that has gone against them on the football pitch then there [are] others ways to deal with it.

“To cry racism is cowardly and an easy option to excuse your own poor behaviour. My conscience is completely clear. I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Kanouté later Tweeted: “[Fàbregas] and I have spoken on the phone. The matter is explained and we’re two adults and aware that we were at fault yesterday. That’s that.”

And Fàbregas added: “I have just had a telephone conversation with Kanouté and we have clarified what went on. We have apologised to each other.”

Lionel Messi’s late penalty was eventually saved by goalkeeper Javi Varas as Pep Guardiola’s men fell one point behind Real Madrid in the La Liga table.

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