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Ade Says He Did Nothing Wrong, The Police Disagree

Ade Says He Did Nothing Wrong, The Police Disagree

The fall out from Saturday's game continues in full flow, and it's not difficult to see why.

When we see distasteful things happen in our games, the best thing usually is to put it out of our minds and forget about it, but the situation created by Adebayor is leaving quite the bitter taste.

Not only does he not think he did anything wrong two summers ago to warrant the wrath of the Gooners, but he now believes he's done nothing to warrant a ban he will most certainly receive.

No, kicking a fellow professional in the face with your studs and then single handedly almost causing a riot .... twice .... is the norm in football, and should remain unpunished. Hell, it's not like he took a dive to win a penalty.

"I don't know what I have done wrong to get banned, I have not heard the police or FA want to talk to me. The club have not said anything.' claimed Adebayor.

'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.'

He also stated he attempted to apologise to van Persie, but Rob refused to respond. 'After the game I saw him and said sorry but he didn't even want to speak to me.'

The Greater Manchester police however take a different view on whether Adebayor was in the wrong.

'The player's goal celebration caused the opposition fans to be aggravated and there was a crowd surge, one of the objects that were thrown caught a steward and knocked him out. It's the decision of the club, the ground security and the FA now whether they want to take the incident any further, but it must have been quite horrific for all the stewards at the time.' said a police spokesperson.

I think that this response from the police will go a long way to seeing Adebayor banned for his actions, the FA need to keep tight relations with the organisation charged with keeping law and order at thousands of football matches in this country every year, and the FA have to be seen to be doing their best to be helping the police as much as possible. Failure to chastise Adebayor will set a bad precedent and repeat performances would not be tolerated for very long by the law.

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Date:Monday September 14 2009
Time: 9:00AM


There are reports emerging that he could be banned for the stamp on Fabregas and also a slap on Alex Song? (I had no idea about that one, did anyone see that?) Classy fella. The supporters that threw objects have to take responsibility for their actions, I'm a mild mannered guy but I was absolutely seething myself- but still in control enough not to lob objects. However, Adebayor knew exactly what was going to happen and I don't think there's a set of supporters in the world that would have done differently. What makes it less acceptable was that he came back for another bite at the final whistle when he could see what had happened first time around and the ref had to get him off the pitch.
Little Dutch
14/09/2009 09:16:00
I'm wondering if City fans might be a bit worried about this blokes effect on the dressing room if his former team mates hold him in such low regard. To be honest I think he'll only get punished for the stamp, as he has already been punished (yellow card) for the celebration. Whether that's correct or not will be discussed till the cows come home.
14/09/2009 09:35:00
Wrapped up in this saga are emerging revelations of the extent to which dressing room relationships between Adebayor and other players had broken down last season. We all knew that he and Bendtner weren't best buddies but I recall one game where Ade was sitting on the bench with his feet up on the back of the seat in front of him. Song came along to take up the seat and Ade didn't remove his feet. Song glared at him and pushed his feet off as Ade sat chewing gum and unsmilingly mouthed something at him. It might seem, may even have been a minor issue, but it struck a chord at the time as stories of dressing room discontent had been very much a feature. I don't think the way some of our players reacted towards Ade yesterday would have happened if there had been any real respect for the guy. Surely RvP wouldn't have been as quick to denounce Ade's actions if the relationship had previously been even reasonably friendly. Just conjecture of course but maybe resentment of Ade isn't just confined to the fans.
14/09/2009 09:37:00
Just gutted no one actually got on the pitch
14/09/2009 09:37:00
The odd thing is that I always thought Ade and Song were friends. I made a point of watching the pre match handshakes because I wanted to see how Bendtner would react to him (very frosty), but Cesc and Ade appeared very, very friendly, all hugs and high fives. I'm surprised by RvP and Ade as I was never under the impression they disliked one another, there again Adebayor doesn't strike me as a very easy person to like and that's putting it very, very mildly. I'm just glad that the next time he causes his team mates and manager untold problems that it won't be our issue anymore.
Little Dutch
14/09/2009 09:41:00
One person who'll be happy about all of this? Ashley Cole. He seems like Dennis Bergkamp compared to Adebayor. I think Arsebolgger said it best when he said that Adebayor really does live in his own little world with his own agendas. Another disapointing aspect of all this is that is that it's made two sets of fans who usually enjoy some great banter rather bitter towards each other ...... the sad thing being that given time, City fans will come to realise that we were right all along.
14/09/2009 09:44:00
You guys are right there were obviously issues in the dressing room as has been repeated in articles today. I watched the pre-game handshakes intently too. Although Ade gave special attention to Cesc and Cesc reciprocated, he appears to have a distasteful look on his face as Ade moves on. It was also interesting to note that Toure made no eye contact with any of his former team mates, just very brisk handshakes to all of them. I remember wondering why Ade was dropped at the end of last season and listened to or read quotes of Wenger saying something like he would be prepared to sell him to Chelsea if they made a big offer. I also remember Clichy being quoted as saying something like if you are motivated by money you could up at a club like City. This seemed to be an obvious swipe at Ade, but it is ironic that City has shown us that they are not the *****ty club that Clichy implies.
14/09/2009 10:42:00
I would also add when you watch Songs reaction after the Cesc stamp (I think that was totally accidental by the way) he appears to be complaing about Ade' challenge, not what you expect from your buddy. Song also gave a retributive tackle to Ade after the RvP incident again not particularly friendly I am not sure if that was after the alleged Song slap. Nevertheless Ade has developed a "healthy" hatred for Arsenal.
14/09/2009 10:50:00
I do not blame Ade for winding up the fans though, I doubt he would have thought that they would behave like caged beasts with no self control and end up hurting each other or someone else. He should not be expected to forsee their overeaction particularly as we believe he is not very bright. Neither is he supposed to have known that anyone was injured at the end of the game or would overeact again. He was still *****ed with the fans and wanted to give them a peace of his mind at he end of the game too. Not bright but probably not disproportionate to the abuse he would have got throughout. I believe if you give abuse you should be ready to take some back and should take it on the chin. The fact that he is a highly paid proffessional footballer is of little relevance, he still expects a little respect and maybe some appreciation for what he did well when he was with us. Adebayor is a complexed personality, has his good points and his flaws and who knows maybe even a personality disorder, we should not expect him to to behave like a model professional and do what Jermaine Defoe did and totally ignore the abuse. Remember he only ran to the fans in celebration, he did not stick his fingers up at them yet they spent a large amount of time when they should have been encouraging the team singing derrogatory songs about Ade. The abuse given out to footballers is out of order, cowardly fans hide in the protection and power they feel they have as part of a crowd. There are very few of them who would abuse Ade if he were allowed to do a Cantona without threat of punishment.
14/09/2009 11:20:00
Taken in isolation I can understand the concept of ' don't give it if you can't take it ' and appreciate Ade's feeling that he was entitled to give a metaphorical finger to those that he felt were unfairly abusing him. To some extent I share that view myself. The problem is though that you can't take this in isolation. You have to factor in the ill feeling that Ade engendered himself with comments and actions over a period of time and particularly prior to the game. Add in those factors to a potential situation he should have been well aware of and it then applies both ways - Ade shouldn't have given it out if he can't take it. Looking at his actions overall thoughout the game you have to say Ade couldn't take it and crossed the line that should mark him out as a professional footballer.
14/09/2009 11:45:00
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