Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan after the Spain international was sent off for a reckless challenge in the teams’ International Champions Cup clash.
Gary Cahill’s early header proved to be the difference as Chelsea secured a 1-0 win at the Rose Bowl, but the match was overshadowed by Fabregas’ dismissal in the 70th minute.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said after the game that Fabregas “came by us in the dressing room and said sorry” and Conte added: “I am sorry and the player is too.
“I am sorry for him and the Liverpool player. In this period the fatigue can sometimes bring a bit of going too late and I know Fabregas is a good man and it is not his habit to have this sort of situation.”
Referee Baldomero Toledo issued six yellow cards during the game in addition to the red for Fabregas, and the former Barcelona player said: “The way the ref was giving yellow cards, probably yes it was fair.
“In the Premier League, probably you could get away with it. I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and I was anxious to win the ball. It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on.