Adebayor To Miss Derby Day
15 September 09 by Bill
Emmanuel Adebayor has been charged by the FA for violent conduct following his vicious stamp on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. He has also been hit with a second charge of improper conduct following his immature goal celebration which saw him run the length of the pitch to stick it to the Arsenal fans.
Adebayor was on the score sheet against his former club as City beat Arsenal 4 – 2 but the match turned sour after a couple of acts of petulance by the Togo International. In a challenge with van Persie, Adebayor aimed at stamp at his former teammate leaving him with ‘facial injuries’.
Referee Mark Clattenburg missed the incident but after seeing video replays, has informed the FA he would have sent Adebayor off if he had seen it. Had Adebayor been sent off, the striker would have been hit with a three match ban so we can expect a similar punishment to be handed out now. Given the clear intent on the part of Adebayor, a longer suspension wouldn’t be inconceivable.
That means Adebayor will miss the derby clash on Sunday adding to City’s attacking woes ahead of their trip to Old Trafford. Carlos Tevez and Robinho are both injured and Santa Cruz is yet to make an appearance for the club after recovering from injury himself.
Adebayor has until 6pm tomorrow to respond to the charges but it is now all but certain a suspension will be imposed.
You can read the FA’s official statement here.
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