The Football Association (FA) have charged Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor with “violent” and “improper” conduct following the Togo captain’s performance against English Premier League side and former club, Arsenal.
A statement on the governing body’s official Web site read: “Under the fast-track disciplinary process, Adebayor has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with [Arsenal player] 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.” A charge of “improper conduct” has also been given to the player following his celebrations after scoring a goal in the 4-2 defeat of his former club.
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Adebayor ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters, a move that prompted British police to write to The FA with their views on this incident. The player has until 1800 on September 16, to respond to the charge of violent conduct while a new date is to be arranged for a commission to consider Adebayor’s goal celebration. The FA added: “[We] would like to see anyone found guilty of such behavior face action through the legal system and banning orders from football. “We will continue to work with [other bodies] to help remind players of their responsibilities, especially in highly charged situations.”