Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Monday September 14 2009
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is facing anything from a four to a six match ban from the FA for his goal celebrations during City`s win over the strikers former club Arsenal at the weekend, this begs the question, is Adebayor passionate or just a plain idiot?
The FA are now looking into two incidents from the game and will be asking match referee for his report before making any decisions, with Wigan Athletic due to play Manchester City in 5 games time it is obviously an interest to Latics fans on what ban, if any Adebayor does receive.
For those who didn`t see the game or the incidents City striker Adebayor looked to be extremely wound up during the match and he appeared to stamp on Arsenal skipper Robin Van Persie following a two footed challenge by the Arsenal player, the Dutchman ended up with a grazed cheek.
On the incident City boss Mark Hughes told the clubs official website www.mcfc.co.uk: 'Emmanuel Adebayor sustained a tremendous amount of personal abuse from the kick-off but strongly maintains that there was no malice intended in the challenge on Robin Van Persie and apologised to him when he hugged him on leaving the field of play at the end of the game'
'The referee had a great view of the challenge from Ade and the one that preceded it by Van Persie and deemed at the time that neither were worthy of either a yellow or red card."
The Arsenal skipper saw things slightly different Van Persie commented: 'I am sad and disappointed by my former team mate Emmanuel Adebayor's mindless and malicious stamp on me during today's match'
'We are both professional footballers and I know that the game is physical, I too have made hard and sometimes mis-timed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent. He set out to hurt me today...he had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It's bad for the game we all love.'
Referee Mark Clattenburg took no action as Hughes says but the next incident earned Adebayor a booking from the match official, following scoring a goal to put City 3-1 in front on 80 minutes he then ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the travelling Arsenal fans, an action for which he has apologised. This action almost caused a riot in the away section.
So is Adebayor just a passionate footballer who wants to simply do his best for his current club but let his emotions get the better of him because he was playing against his former club who he left in acrimonious circumstances and deserves, as his manager says, to be `cut some slack`, or is he an absolute idiot and deserves to have the book thrown at him.
In my opinion it is a bit of both, he got too fired up, let his emotions get the better of him and acted like an idiot.
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