14 Years Ago, Sir Alex Ferguson Was Slapped Around The Face With A Slice Of Pizza

On a cloudy afternoon in October, Sir Alex Ferguson was slapped around the face with a slice of Pizza in an incident labelled ‘Pizzagate’.

13 years later, the truth was finally revealed.

Here’s some context. Arsene Wenger’s unstoppable Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford with a 49-match unbeaten run under their belt. It was one of the biggest games in Premier League history as the Gunners looked to make it 50.

But goals from Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run and shit hit the fan shortly after the full-time whistle.

Both sides proceeded to clash in the tunnel, with many tales being told after the game – including the story that Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas slapped Sir Alex Ferguson around the face with a slice of Pizza.

In years gone by, Sir Alex has previously stated that Fabregas might have been the culprit, saying in his autobiography: “they say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit is.”

‘The next thing I knew I had pizza all over me. We put food into the away dressing room after every game.

“Pizza, chicken. Most clubs do it. Arsenal’s food was the best. They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was.”

Image: Twitter

Image: Twitter

But 13 years after that fateful day in Manchester, the truth was finally out. Cesc Fabregas DID throw a pizza at the legendary Manchester United manager.

Appearing on Sky One show ‘A League Of Their Own’, the former Arsenal midfielder apologised to Sir Alex for his Pizza antics, firstly saying “yes” it was him.

Here’s the moment he spilled the beans:


He then explained the details of the ‘Pizzagate’ tale, saying: ‘Martin Keown is a liar because I saw him in front of me just, like, punching people so he didn’t see anything.”

“All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought what’s happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other.

“I was like I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw… peeew… just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean.

“I apologise Sir Alex, really didn’t mean to do that.”

Shortly after admitting his role in the Pizzagate, Jamie Redknapp asked where the pizza hit Sir Alex Ferguson.

He tapped the side of his face and laughed.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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