Date:Monday September 14 2009
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.
Date:Monday September 14 2009
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