The fallout from Emmanuel Adebayor’s behaviour during the weekend victory over his former club continues to make headlines across a variety of sources. The latest to become embroiled in the row was FA Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore who joined in the chorus if disapproval over the Togolese star’s actions during the game by stating
“We’ve had a fantastic two days of football, and that includes the game at Eastlands,” he said. “Why then, when you run the Premier League, would you want the headlines on Sunday through to Monday being something else?
“You don’t want it, do you? So clearly it doesn’t do any good for the brand that is football in one sense. You’d rather it didn’t happen. Of course when these instances come up you’d rather that the talk was about the action and the goals.
“I trust the FA to deal with it and they will do whatever they have to do. But these instances, whether they’re on the field and beamed around the world like this one, or isolated instances of bad behaviour off the field, don’t do the image of the league or football in general any good.”
However support has been found for Adebayor firstly from Manchester City teammate Kolo Toure, who backed the strikers assertions that he was pushed out at Arsenal for financial reasons and who slammed the behaviour of his former team mates towards Adebayor during the game. Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate also offered some interesting views on the subject stating;
“I stand in the dug out in away grounds and get abuse, players get abuse at grounds, but yet when the boot is on other foot we are quick to jump on people’s backs.
“I don’t go for people saying it is totally out of order. The wind up goes both ways if you give it you have to take it and if people can’t accept someone celebrating they may be should not give him the sort of stick he was getting during the game as well.”
With the threat of a heavy fine and suspension hanging over him, Adebayor will be hoping that the FA take a lenient view over his celebrations and kick at Robin Van Persie, otherwise he may well find himself out of the Manchester City first time for a lengthy spell
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