Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Adebayor set for hefty punishment

Emmanuel Adebayor has been hit with two charges by the Football Association after his role in Saturday's controversial match against Arsenal.

The Manchester City forward has been charged with violent conduct for a stamp on Robin Van Persie and improper conduct, after running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans.

There had also been reports claiming that Adebayor was being investigated for a clash with Cesc Fabregas that occurred earlier on in the match, however this has not resulted in any further charges.

The Togolese star was making his first appearance against former club Arsenal and was clearly keen to make an impression. Unfortunately, that impression quickly became a negative one, when he appeared to stamp on former team-mate Robin Van Persie early in the second half. The referee missed the incident but Van Persie was left with a cut on his cheek and later claimed that the challenge was "mindless and malicious".

As a result Adebayor is likely to receive a three match ban, unless he decides to appeal against the FA charge of violent conduct.

The second incident, relating to Adebayors goal celebration has divided opinion up and down the country, with many fans and experts taking the side of Adebayor. A large amount of abuse was directed towards the former Gunner throughout the match and he claims that his celebration was a mistake and a spur of the moment decision.


Speaking after the match, Adebayor said: "The emotion took over me, now I just have to say sorry.

"It was silly to run up in front of the Arsenal fans but these people have been insulting me all game. Even in the warm-up they were insulting me. They were saying things that are not nice to hear, personal things.

"I didn't plan it, not at all. I didn't even know that I would score. The way things were going from the warm-up, at the end it came into my head."

A separate commission will consider the charge of improper conduct, with a date to be announced shortly.

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