Arsenal bid for FA action over Adebayor incident
Emmanuel Adebayor may be a thrilled man at the moment but his own hostile acts today and not his former club is what may return to haunt him.
Arsenal are likely to have the FA review the incident between Adebayor and Van Persie during Saturday’s match at Manchester City.
The Togolese caught his ex-teammate in the face with his boot in a tackle that left Van Persie needing treatment to a wound which was still apparent after the match.
As the media hinted the possibility of an action from the FA, Arsenal themselves did the rare by publishing an official statement from Van Persie over the incident – in an attempt to extend the severity of the matter.
And even Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson stressed Adebayor’s clash with Arsenal’s striker was simply unacceptable.
“I would say it’s a moment of madness against Robin van Persie” Thompson told Soccer Saturday.
“I’ve seen it more and more and it looks horrible – it could be one of those they have a look at later on. It wasn’t far from Mark Clattenberg, who refereed the game exceptionally well, but he missed the incident.”
“Van Persie goes in to challenge Adebayor and as he is sort of falling, Adebayor, and stepping over him he puts his foot out and in my opinion, he takes a little poke at him and catches him in the face.
“The more you see it, the more awful it looks and only Adebayor knows if he meant it.“
Adebayor left unbooked after the foul but he may not remain a free man for long with the tackle’s victim and even neutrals showing disgust over his act.
Others may suggest Arsenal are seeking punishment for the former Gunner only because of the sour taste Saturday’s defeat left in their mouths.
But Van Persie has moved to banish such thoughts, and emphasized that his club is only chasing justice and not revenge over Adebayor.
“I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with the result of today’s match. We do not hide from that disappointment but I need to speak out about his behaviour.” Van Persie said.