Adebayor challenges FA charge

LONDON - Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor claimed yesterday that there was no reason for the Football Association to punish him over the incidents that marred his side's 4-2 victory over Arsenal.

LONDON - Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor claimed yesterday that there was no reason for the Football Association to punish him over the incidents that marred his side's 4-2 victory over Arsenal.

Adebayor provoked fury among fans of his former club by running the length of the field to celebrate in front of them after scoring the goal that put City 3-1 up in the 80th minute. They pelted him with missiles, leaving one steward needing hospital treatment.

Nine minutes earlier he had raked his studs down the face of former teammate Robin van Persie with what is alleged to have been a deliberate stamp.

Van Persie later called his actions "mindless and malicious". FA chief executive Ian Watmore condemned the striker's actions and the FA is to charge the player with violent conduct, but Adebayor remained unrepentant.

"I don't know what I have done to get banned," he said. "I have not heard the police or FA want to talk to me.

"I heard that a steward was injured and I regret that. I have apologised to Robin van Persie.

"It was silly to run up in front of the Arsenal fans. But these people (were) insulting me. I would like to apologise to the steward, why not?" Adebayor said. - Sapa-DPA

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