FA Charge Adebayor With Violent Conduct For Van Persie Stamp

Emmanuel_Adebayor_2_889199aThe FA have today confirmed that Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is facing two charges after his controversial behaviour during the Citizens’ 4-2 victory over Arsenal at the weekend.

Adebayor faces a charge of violent conduct for his alleged kick to the face of Gunners forward Robin van Persie.

A statement on the FA’s official website explains: “The Football Association today issued two charges against Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor following Saturday’s Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal.”

“Under the fast-track disciplinary process, Adebayor has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Robin van Persie, which resulted in the Arsenal player receiving facial injuries.

“Referee Mark Clattenburg has advised The FA that he did not see this incident, but has confirmed that had he done so, he would have sent Adebayor off for violent conduct. The player has until 6pm on Wednesday evening to respond to the charge.”

The Togolese striker is also facing a charge of improper conduct, for sprinting 90 metres to taunt Arsenal’s fans after scoring City’s third goal in the Eastlands win. This caused outrage in the away section, with a steward being knocked unconscious in the ensuing melee in the stand.

“Adebayor has also been charged with improper conduct following his actions when turning and running the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters after scoring,” the FA statement continues.

“The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have written to The FA with their views on this incident. A separate date will now be arranged for a commission to consider Adebayor’s goal celebration.

“We have also asked the GMP and the clubs to identify those supporters involved in any violent and aggravating behaviour. The FA would like to see anyone found guilty of such behaviour face action through the legal system and banning orders from football.

“The FA would like to thank the Manchester City FC stewards for the way they managed a very difficult situation and to pass on sincere best wishes to the steward who was injured during the game.

“We will continue to work with the LMA and PFA in particular to help remind players of their responsibilities, especially in highly charged situations.”

FA

~ by footballdirecta on September 15, 2009.

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