Van Persie Official Statement Over Adebayor Stamp

55_vanman_280x390_888132aRobin Van Persie took the unprecedented step of issuing a full statement on Arsenal’s website to condemn Adebayor’s stamp.

Here is what the Dutch winger said word for word.

“I am sad and disappointed by my former team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor’s mindless and malicious stamp on me during today’s match.

We are both professional footballers and I know that the game is physical. I, too, have made hard and sometimes mis-timed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent. He set out to hurt me today.

I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made.

He moved backwards when his natural momentum would have taken him forward. I find that deeply disrespectful.

He has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans.

I do feel lucky that I have not suffered a greater injury. The contact was only centimetres from my eye.

I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It’s bad for the game we all love.

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.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on September 14, 2009.

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