Fabregas sees Red as Chelsea edge Liverpool
CHELSEA'S Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a reckless lunge at Liverpool new boy Ragnar Klavan, overshadowing a 1-0 friendly win at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
The Premier League giants locked horns in the pre-season International Champions Cup in a match which was more remarkable for its clumsy fouls than free-flowing football.
Spanish midfielder Fabregas, 29, could have no complaints as he got his marching orders in the 70th minute for sliding late into Klavan with his studs up.
By then, Californian referee Baldomero Toledo had already been forced to show yellow cards to four Liverpool players - with another to come - and one to Chelsea's Gary Cahill.
Chelsea's new head coach Antonio Conte told reporters after the final whistle the match was more competitive than he had been expecting, apologising for Fabregas' foul.
"I know Fabregas is a good man... I'm sorry for him, I'm sorry for the Liverpool player."
Reds boss Juergen Klopp said Klavan had escaped unscathed but revealed that fellow recruit Marko Grujic was in hospital after getting a knock to the head in the first half.
"He can't remember anything... The situation's not too cool but injuries happening in games like this in the pre-season, that's the biggest problem."
Klopp denied that the game had more edge than a normal pre-season clash but added: "It was far away from a friendly game and that's okay."