Cesc Fabregas made an immediate apology to Ragnar Klavan in Liverpool’s dressing room after the midfielder was sent-off during a stormy friendly in Pasadena.
The Estonia international, who was making his Liverpool debut following a £5million move from Augsburg, was fortunate to escape serious injury after Fabregas dived in with his studs showing in the 70th minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 win.
Baldomero Toledo, the match referee, had no hesitation brandishing a red card and immediately after the game had ended, Fabregas was marched into Liverpool’s dressing room to apologise to Klavan, as well as Jurgen Klopp, to ensure the tackle did not become an issue that festered.
Antonio Conte also made a point of saying sorry for Fabregas’ challenge, which enraged Liverpool’s players, and stressed there was no malice intended on the Spaniard’s behalf. The apology, Klopp admitted, was accepted straight away.
Conte said: ‘I am sorry and the player is. I am sorry for him and the Liverpool player. In this period, it is easy to go too late into a tackle. I know Fabregas is a good man and a good boy and he is not the type of player to have this situation. I am sorry for him and to the Liverpool player’.