Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 13 September 2009

Emmanuel Adebayor must be banned

Following two ugly incidents involving Emmanuel Adebayor in Manchester City's 4-2 win over Arsenal yesterday, the FA will review his actions on Monday before they decide to take any punishment on the £25,000,000 striker.

Following a rash challenge from Robin van Persie in the second half, Emmanuel Adebayor intentionally scraped his studs down the side of the Arsenal player's face. The incident when unnoticed by referee Mark Clattenburg, which prevents any flaws in the rule book from intervening, and therefore the FA have full control of the punishment to hand to Mr Adebayor. This malicious football behaviour should not be accepted in the Premier League and the FA need to make a stand to help prevent any future occurrences.

Robin van Persie issued a statement on the Arsenal website that had this to say in relation to the incident, claiming Emmanuel Adebayor's actions to be "mindless and malicious" with "the intention of hurting an opponent". He went on to state "He [Adebayor] has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans" and that he has not received an apology.

Later in the game, Adebayor went on to score Manchester City's 3rd goal, making the scoreline 3-1 at the time and effectively killing off any chance of an Arsenal comeback despite their amount of possession in the second half.

Adebayor sprinted the length of the field to slide infront of the Arsenal fans in celebration. Passions run high on the football field, but this behaviour in inciting the crowd could come with a punishment.

Emmanuel Adebayor has showed what talent he does have as a footballer in the opening 4 games this season by scoring in each of them. He has worked much harder in those games under Mark Hughes than his latter days at Arsenal, and his run down the left flank in the second half that should have resulted in Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring is signs that he can become an elite striker in the Premier League. He always showed this potential at Arsenal, but his wastefulness and greed is what let himself down and to Arsenal fans turning their back on the Togolese striker.

Manchester City have maintained their 100% start to the season, although conceded their first 2 goals of the season. Both were difficult to defend, with quick and close-range passing, and a neat finish from Robin van Persie for the 1st, which shows how well City have been defending this season and how hard it is going to be for lower quality players to break them down this season. Their counter-attacking football lead to goals, and this was without the pace and flair of Robinho. They are a dangerous side although still aren't considered favourites to finish in the top 4 this season.

If Adebayor is to be suspended, Mark Hughes will be without his top scorer for their trip to rivals Manchester United next weekend which could prove costly.

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At 18 September 2009 at 19:25 , Anonymous gooner said...

3 games is not enough. He tried to blind Van Persie and his celebration was a disgrace. If the fa had any sense he woulda got a 6 game suspension


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