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Adebayor Faces Discipline

Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor is looking at a three-game ban for stepping on former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie's face. He also might be punished for his goal celebration. The first incident:

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  England  
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Did he take lessons from Garlick on how to treat former teammates?

Posted by: iamgnat | September 15, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

When does Man City visit Arsenal?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

well, you'd think the players didn't know their actions were being filmed...

Posted by: troy6 | September 15, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I abhor violence. Intentionally injuring another player is just plain wrong (even when Roy Keane did it). But van Persie is such a diver, crybaby, and showoff that the good angel on my right shoulder is having trouble keeping the bad angel on my left shoulder from tee-hee-ing.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 15, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

But van Persie is such a diver, crybaby, and showoff that the good angel on my right shoulder is having trouble keeping the bad angel on my left shoulder from tee-hee-ing.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 15, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse


I'm tee-hee-ing at this comment.

Though, that was a nasty shot. Unacceptable.

Posted by: dogboy | September 15, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Adebayor and Serena - two players with foot faults.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Faces discipline?

Sorry, didn't mean to step on the punchline.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse


Is there anything you can seriously do about that freaking annoying Mercedes ad on the side of the page where the stupid Mercedes car wants to scroll up and/or down the page no matter where I'm at on said page?

I'm sure I'm not the only one annoyed by th ad.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

You can't Wicks on a guy's face, I get that, but I don't understand why EA should be penalized for sticking it to the Arsenal fans.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

So scoring 2 on your old team was not enough. Dude has to face-stomp an old teammate (if reports are to be believed, I understand that van Persie was his friend), and if that wasn't enough he goes and tanuts the Gooners fans. Classy. What a thug and a joke.

@ OWNTF - he should be charged for taunting the Arsenal fans. I believe it's called inciting a riot. One does not have to go too far back in English football history to see how revving up the fans can result in some ugly business. But if you want ancient history - see Milwall v West Ham (from a few weeks ago). Adebayor's double insult could have sparked quite the incident on the weekend. Which could have resulted in people being hurt or worse (which I NEVER condone) and given the England 2018 bid another black eye (which I would have no problem with).

When it's all said and done The FA should nail his thughish a** to the wall for this. I say 5 days total 3 for krumping on van Persie's face and 2 for attempting to incite a riot.

What an idiot!

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 15, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments appear to think EA's foot on Van Persie's face was intentional. I'm not sure I would agree with that. He was up in the air and his foot has to land somewhere and it didn't seem to move from its projected landing spot. Now, could he have made more of an effort to avoid contact? Maybe. But did he kick at his face intentionally? As the announcers said, only EA knows. I don't think we can definitively say.

EA has scored a goal in each of Man City's first 4 games, all of which they won. One can only wonder if the powers that be don't like Man City taking a run at the big 4, not only on the field, but in salaries as well.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | September 15, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

There is rumor that Adebayor was being taunted by the fans with bananas.

Also, the face kick was a split second reaction; I seriously doubt he thought carefully about his actions; van Pansy slid through, Adebayor lashed out in milliseconds.

I don't care either way, just throwing that out there.

Posted by: JkR- | September 15, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Adebayor v. Wicks on PPV: "Stomp 'Em While They're Down" 49.95 - call your cable operator today. As an added bonus, you'll get the complete US men's national team World Cup qualifiers FREE. Act now.

Posted by: nairbsod | September 15, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't really mind if an opponent celebrates in front of the opposing supporters. It's the way a player celebrates that can be the problem.

Adebayor could just celebrate from far away or acknowledge his new fans. Instead he runs the entire length of the pitch to taunt them and that is trying to incite a crowd to retaliate. In the end he will just get slapped with a fine for the celebration.

As for the stamp, the man tried to slice his head open. He should be given a lengthy ban for that.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 15, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Precisely, JkR - van Persie comes in nasty hard, he's coming in to take Adebayor out. He misses and Adebayor reacts with the stomp. Did Adebayor mean to connect like that? Only he knows. But to suggest that he did not react to the foul (which shows intent) is ridiculous. Now I'm not so sure about the banana thing as this is the first I have heard of it.

Dougmacintyre - sometimes our heros do actually behave badly, be it intentional or as a result of a rush of blood. I am a Man United fan and have never supported/excused Keane's nasty play on Alfie all those years back, or Cantona's antics from time to time, and yes even Roonie's poor behavior towards refs. Yes these guys are our idols but we have a duty, as fans or the team and the game, to call them out when they misbehave. So your conspiracy theory kind made me chuckle there a bit, especially seeing as how the powers that be also stepped in and turned down the form dial on Villa last season as they were just about to upset the holy quartet. Not having a go, dude, but seriously?

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 15, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

If the supporters are animals, is that Adebayor's fault?

If people lose their minds over a soccer goal celebration, and they hurt other people as a result, then they should be charged as criminals, and perhaps given a psychiatric evaluation.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

JkR- Theres a video ( that shows him celebrating in front of the Arsenal fans (around the 9:15 mark). They're definitely throwing something, and now that you say that it does look like those things could be banana peels. Obviously not okaying the stomp, or I suppose running down to the other end of the field for that, but still, across the line.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 15, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I just watched the piece that Jacob was talking about in his post and it does appear seem like the Arsenal fans threw bananas or banana peels at him. Wow!!

Now here's the deal though, were they throwing this stuff at him through-out the game or as a result of his taunting. Not that I am trying to justify either of these disgusting events, but just wondering. I think it's a result of the taunt as any racist behavior through-out the game would not have been tolerated by the stewarts. They don't joke with racist behavior in England. Still, what a trashy, low class and ignorant move by those fans.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 15, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this guy - -

"Adebayor did not curse, he did not spit, he certainly did not launch the missile that split open the head of a steward.

He did not wade into the crowd and start throwing right-handers. Just came to rest with a smug look on his face that milked every last moment of his part in Manchester City's victory, and revelled in Arsenal's miserable journey home."

Read more:

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

On Jacob's video link there's a good poll for Mr. Goff to consider for future DC United games -- "How did the teams perform?" Your possible answers for each team are Awesome, Great, Average, Lucky and Rubbish.

I retroactively vote "Rubbish" for last Saturday night.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@ OWNTF -from the way things are looking right now, you may want to proactively vote the same way.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 15, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Punishing him for inciting a riot or whatever is obsurd. They aren't playing in London. What are the Gunners fans going to do, overrun an entire city and the police? Please. He got the card enough said.

Those look like Bananas to me. Arsenal should be forced to play in an empty stadium until they can stop racist D's from filling their fan ranks. Do it to Arsenal and be sure the rest will take heed.

If they are reviewing tape why doesn't RVP get a suspension for trying to tackle from behind? EA is athletic enough to avoid that BS tackle and professional enough to remind RVP that BS like that will cost him. If he didn't step on his face do you think the FA would have reviewed the play? I think not, if players don't self regulate then dangerous tackles/players will plague every game.

Jacob thanks for the link.

Posted by: UniteforDC | September 15, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'v said my piece, but just to add some depth to the discussion...I just read some posts on Sky that a Stewart was injured during Adebayor's taunting incident, and though items were thrown no-one said anyting about bananas.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 15, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

18 eurosnobs in the fantasy CL league.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Given the tendency of some English fans for acts of drunken belligerence, triggered by even the slightest perception of insult, Adebayor was in the wrong. Here, we may not have the legal teeth to hold responsible a hatemonger who incites mentally unstable followers to go on human hunting sprees, but the FA doesn't need a criminal code to punish risky behavior by the players.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I posted a longer one that got blocked . . .

Adebayor, Adebayor
His dad washes elephants
His mum is a [rhymes with door]

The clever Arsenal goons' song.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wonder why alot of these actions are sanctioned more often than Mexico's action during WCQ play, i.e. Blanco's fake Swine Flu illness that struck him at end of the game and carried him off to waste time..?

I dont get it.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 15, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Getting ready to watch Besiktas-Man Utd in

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Could FSN not have found a better feed?

Isn't SkySports showing this over in the UK?

This is terrible.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 15, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well that's better, you can actually hear the crowd now.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 15, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks!

Posted by: b18bolo | September 15, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Three points:

1. Van Persie went in like he was sliding into third. He's no victim.

2. With that face stomp, Emmanuel is poorly named.

3. Arsene needs longer ties.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 15, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

These Mercedes ads are driving me crazy. And not in a good way.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 15, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, o Constantinople
Still it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York
Was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

Take me back to Constantinople
No, it's Istanbul not Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks!

(ahh, The Four Lads...)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 15, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Wish I had known Klose was not going to play.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic. Also chose two ManU players that didn't even make the 18.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I just went to McDonald's and asked for a Cola Turka. They didn't have any.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 15, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

If the Arsenal fans at the game enjoyed yelling at Emmanuel Adebayor because they hate him and he did something to make them hate him more thus increasing their enjoyment in insulting him I think he did them a favor. I would charge him with "inciting to hate more and increasing the enjoyment."

Posted by: csd1 | September 15, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The banana thing is nonsense. All you can see is trash being thrown on the pitch. Arsenal fans are the most diverse in the EPL.

Posted by: nadeemsx | September 16, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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