Pizzagate is the name given to a famous incident in the Manchester United vs Arsenal rivalry, due to a match Sir Alex Ferguson discussed in detail in his autobiography.
Also known as the Battle of the Buffet, a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils at Old Trafford in 2004 descended into a tempestuous feud when Wayne Rooney won a dubious penalty for Manchester United, with Gunners defender Sol Campbell appearing to make no contact.
Campbell then refused to shake Rooney’s hand at the end of the match, and all hell broke loose as Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson had a pizza thrown at him after the players went down the tunnel – thought but not confirmed to be from former Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas, who was a substitute in that match.
Although the identity of the audacious pizza thrower was never revealed publicly, Fabregas’ Instagram account offers a clear hint at who it could have been, by ‘liking’ an image posted by popular Arsenal blog Arseblog.
The photo featured the caption “They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but to this day I have no idea who the culprit was.” – Alex Ferguson autobiography.
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