October 30th, 2009
06:02 PM ET

Adebayor deserves his second chance

Most football fans in the UK don't rate Emmanuel Adebayor as a person.
Many consider the Togolese striker to be a mercenary who signed for Manchester City just for the money.

Adebayor is challenged by former team-mate Alexandre Song.
Adebayor is challenged by former team-mate Alexandre Song.

His actions in a recent Premier League game against his former employers did not do him any favors either.

Adebayor provoked Arsenal fans by effusively celebrating a goal scored against them, and also kicked out at Robin Van Persie, later receiving a three-match ban.

Now as we know and should never forget, there are always two sides of the story. I had a chance to hear Emmanuel's version of events last week during an interview in Manchester.

The first impression I got was that he was genuinely hurt by the way Arsenal treated him in the summer.

When Arsene Wenger told him he wouldn't play this season and that the club had agreed to sell him to Manchester City, initially he didn't want to leave.

He felt unwanted and under-appreciated. Following a couple of meetings with City representatives Adebayor was eventually persuaded that the club had high ambitions and that he would be a big part of them.

That is when he agreed to go. Not for the money, but because he felt wanted.

As far as the game with Arsenal is concerned, Emmanuel told me about how Arsenal players did not want to shake his hand in the tunnel and how their fans sang about his family.

How they insulted his mother and father, the people that always meant everything to him. He regretted his goal celebration, but said it was the only way he had to reply to the supporters.

He also apologized to Van Persie and wishes he had never kicked out at his former teammate.

Adebayor knows he made mistakes. He just wants a second chance. Every person deserves that.

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  1. jc

    i totally disagree with you pedro his behaviour was awful.you have to factor into this that young kids would have been watching that match and now they think that sort of behaviour is acceptable

    October 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  2. Rami

    JC-i disagree with you. Other players have done worse and they got away with it. Everyone is picking on Adebayor because he got off to a good start with Man City, and scored against his former team. What he did was inexcusable, and not PG-13. That's for sure. But that's not the end of it. Players act out on the field. That's part of the game. It is inexcusable, but it happens. It's not the end of the world. Zidane in the world cup, Maradona against Brazil in 1982, etc.... Get over it Man City haters, and yes, whether you like it or not, we are breaking into the top 4 so start getting used to it and stop crying.

    November 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  3. soji

    i totally disagree with him bcos he is not the only footballer whose folks will be abuse by oppossition suppoter,only last week Gabby Agbonlahon was been abuse a local rival team in a derby match against B"ham city but he just about his business and score a good goal to silence them.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:50 am | Reply
  4. Dick King

    Absolutely rubbish. He wanted to leave since the penultimate season. Nobody pushed him. He was only obliged his desire. Mark you he was South African TV during ConFed cup talking about how money would move him. I do not grudge him for that. That is his stardard and his measure of a man. What I grudge is crocodile tears. Did you ask if he brought his father and mother to the field? He is a very small man, long and short

    November 2, 2009 at 6:00 am | Reply
  5. geeman

    I disagree completely with your line of thought. Adebayor was so arrogant. While at Arsenal, he was criticized on several occasions by the same supporter only for him to switch sides and he began on the offensive. Arsenal made him what he is today as he was of no relevance in football when he came to the emirates. To have turned back and bite the fingers that fed him is unpardonable. There's still a score to settle starting from the Carling Cup derby and the return match at Emirates when he will be payed back in full.

    November 2, 2009 at 10:17 am | Reply
  6. KOFI

    All footballers need to know that while on the field, skill must go hand-in-hand with good manners
    Adebayor brought this unto himself..Not too long ago I saw Thierry Henry as a spectator during a football match at the Emirates
    and I was quite thrilled.....we must learn not to burn bridges as we move along in life

    November 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  7. easy

    I BELIEVE ADEBAYOR ACTIONS ARE HUMAN REACTIONS TO REJECTIONS BY ARSENAL.

    November 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  8. Rhys Mirindo

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH ADE. EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE, AND GIVEN WHAT HE WENT THROUGH AT THE HANDS OF ARSENAL SUPPORTERS AND MANAGEMENT WHO DECIDED TO SELL HIM, HE WAS JUSTIFIED TO CELEBRATE THE WAY HE DID, THOUGH IM NOT SAYING ITS ACCEPTABLE.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:30 am | Reply
  9. Charles Ode

    I used to admire Adebayor as a talented player before then,though i always recognised his love for money since he was always bickering about pay even while in arsenal and even in his national team,but that incident is inexcusable and smacks of wickedness cos he could have retired Vanpersie.

    November 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  10. AnotherGooner

    What mystifies me is that there are people who says that Adebayor was somehow treated differently by 'the Arsenal management'.

    How?

    I think Wenger let him go at the right moment, when as a not too efficient team player he was difficult to fit within the new system.

    As for love from supporters, I guess that's something you have to earn and can't take for granted.

    Bigger babies, bigger tears.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  11. AnotherGooner

    "That is when he agreed to go. Not for the money, but because he felt wanted.

    As far as the game with Arsenal is concerned, Emmanuel told me about how Arsenal players did not want to shake his hand in the tunnel and how their fans sang about his family.

    How they insulted his mother and father, the people that always meant everything to him. He regretted his goal celebration, but said it was the only way he had to reply to the supporters.

    He also apologized to Van Persie and wishes he had never kicked out at his former teammate.

    Adebayor knows he made mistakes. He just wants a second chance. Every person deserves that."

    As if we didn't know it's still good to get a reminder that CNN is ahead of the tabloid pack.

    November 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  12. Clements

    It is easy to blame and condemn people. if you would not behave the same way as Ade, if you were in his shoe.. continue casting your blame and condemnation. His actions are consistent with human nature.
    Arsenal fans are known to be bad loosers. They did same to Ashley Cole, Kolo and will do it to Thierry H and Vierra tomorrow if they pay against them...go and undertand what the true spirit of football is...it is give and take, win some loose some.

    November 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  13. Philip D

    I agree with u Clement, some times human beings dont measure themself with what they, may be if they were in his shoes they would have done worse.
    well on the other hand thsi is an oppotunity for adebayoh to yet add to his strata of wisdom and in future be more composed in the face of criticizm and employ a more deplomatic means to reply his critics.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  14. Babatunde

    With the exception of the Robin Van Persie incident, I had no issues with Adebayor's goal celebration. He ran virtually the full length of the pitch with his own energy. He had been criticized over and over by his own supporters when he was at Arsenal and that is the highest form of rejection ever. They wanted him to leave and when he finally did, they get angry he celebrated a goal in front of them...incredible...I am not a fan of Adebayor or anything but what better way to silence the very people who wanted you out. The only thing wrong that day was the Van Persie incident.

    November 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  15. Olu Jagbando

    Why listening to Mr. Cash and Carry. Arsenal brought Ade to limelight, no matter what is done to hurt him, he should have behaved in a responsible manner. He looked so arrogant, indiscipline and a mistaken of creation. There is culture in Africa, he should have respect for his family back in Osun state, he hailed from Nigeria and not Togo, this should be at the back of his mind and remember the son of whom he is.....no sympathy, let Adebayo not (r) rot in hell.

    November 17, 2009 at 2:47 am | Reply
  16. Olu Jagbando

    Clement, you have a short memory, Cashley Cole betrayed Arsenal, while Kolo is highly loved in Emirate, Henry is a mini-god with Gunners while Viera remains evergreen. All the mentioned players left arsenal not cos of money except Cashly Cole. Henry woudl have earned tripple of his salary if he had crossed to Manu or chelsea so is Viera, check your record and dont support mercinary pls.

    November 17, 2009 at 2:52 am | Reply
  17. Kareem

    In Ade's defense the fans didn't treat him very good but that was probably because he wasn't playing up to the standards he could. I think Wenger sold him because it was the right time. If you watch his performances for City you he looks like a new person. Compare that with how he played for us – he looked lazy and was always offside and looked like he lacked energy. Like you say there are too sides to a story but in the end he was wrong to kick van Persie and wrong to celebrate in front of the fans. Judging from their reaction if the game was at Emirates it would have ended a lot worse.

    November 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  18. SANYA - LIVE

    When Ade was in Arsenal, statistics showed that he will missed about 6 scoring chances before scoring 1 goal. Arsenal needs a more potent striker infront of the post than Ade. So, I wasn't surprise when Mr Wenger said he hs to go. For his behaviour to RVP, his ex-teammate, and the goal celebration infront of the fans, I awarded him a straight RED card !

    November 18, 2009 at 10:45 am | Reply
  19. Tony Osi-Iyere

    I watched the match between Man city v Arsenal live at the city of manchester stadium, so I do support Emmanuel Adebayor's celebration in front of the Arsenal fans. The attitude of Arsenal players and fans towards Adebayor on that day was awful, especially the silly songs from the undesirables who call themselves 'Arsenal Fans' they should hide their heads in shame. How could they show so much hatred for a player who did so much for their team last season. Arsenal fans would never dare treatr an English player that way, that is something to think about. Football is a global business, so if Adebayor went to Man City for the money there is absolutely nothing wrong.
    All these nonsense about Adebayor should seize and lets concentrate on the football skills of this great and talented player from West Africa.

    November 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  20. Rommel

    Why this animosity towards Adebayor,why would people still feel this way after so much penitence by the guy,pls let the dude be,I even read someone saying that emirates made Adebayor,I knew Adebayor before he came to emirates and why even did emirates go for him in the first place? this guy had found his rythm in Monaco so just give the guy some space please

    November 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  21. paulhomy

    Ade seeks and loves attention, as a fan i wished him the best in his endeavors, but a Arsenal fan he absolutely infuriated us. Being courted by Barcelona or Ac is no crime, but when you are on the pitch give a good account. He never did gave his best but he whined why he was not paid like Henry yet he scored goals not realizing the entire team supported him. Arsenal and Wenger made him, for whatever reason, him leaving is absolutely irrelevant what matters on how and what terms he left, it is a matter of time till he starts whining on how Hughes and the fans dont give him love. Anyone who complains about him leaving for money is being ridiculous i WILL SWITCH JOBS for a better paying job and that is the heart of capitalism.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  22. moses, Accra, Ghana

    Why disturb the young man. He deserves to celebrate any how that he wishes. We are in a democratic world every one has got a right to choice. Afterall UK is a democratic country. ADE celebrate more. The goal was a God sent one to silence your critics. Bigs up.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  23. Abiodun

    ADEBAYOR HAS A RIGHT TO NEGOTIATE HIS WAGE. HE IS HUMAN BEING AFTERALL AND HUMAN BEING WILL ALWAYS LOOK FOR GREENER PASTURE. WHAT OF RONALDO.?

    WAS THERE A FIFA RULE ON THE STYLE OF CELEBRATING A GOAL?

    WHY WOULD ARSENAL PLAYERS REFUSED TO SHAKE HANDS WITH HIM AT THE TUNNEL,IF TRULY ARSENAL TEAM AND THEIR BIASED FANS ARE NOT OUT TO HUMILIATE ADEBAYOR B4 GOD TURNED IT AGAINST THEM.

    PEOPLE TALK OF YOUNG ONES WATCHING ADEBAYOR WILL BE EMBARRASSED BY HIS CONDUCT, WHAT OF THE CHANTS AND CURSES FROM THE SPECTATORS, ARE THE YOUNG ONES DEAF NOT TO HEAR THAT?

    STOP CRUCIFYING ADEBAYOR, IF DAVID BECKAM COULD CLIMB THE BARRIER AT THE PITCH AND ASKED A FAN TO COME FOR A FIGHT.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  24. Papa washoo

    Those of you judging and condeming Adebayor; who has judged and condemed you? SHAME TO A TEAM AND FANS THAT HATE DEFEAT. GOD BLESS YOU ADEBAYOR.

    December 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  25. Eke

    AdebayoN has my full support for all his actions in d game. The y insult his folks he dissed them back via his goal celebration duh!

    December 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  26. The Godfather

    I am a Gunner for life and I know for sure that Adebayor was “unwanted” at Emirates but not “under-appreciated”. We rate him at his worth. Prior to this season I joined several other Gunners in praying that Manchester City or any other club relieve us of Adebayor. When Adebayor’s agent was hawking Adebayor around like peanut to Manchester United, Chelsea and other clubs that all refused to have him and Adebayor was pleading to remain a Gunner some of us Gunners fasted and prayed for Manchester City or any club anywhere in the world to ease our pain and the animal from us even for gratis. Whether Adebayor is in Manchester City for money or for whatever is not our business. Our own is that we are grateful to God that he is no longer a Gunner.

    Adebayor’s brain (assuming he is having any) must be very small and having regard to his large size that is surprising. Somebody should try and make him understand that Arsenal players are not bound to shake his hand or the hand of any other idiot or animal in the tunnel or elsewhere and we the Gunners can sing any song we please. If Adebayor feels offended by our song he can file a suit in Court and we will surely meet him there.

    Adebayor made no mistake. What happened was a true reflection of his real self. Remember thw way and manner he physically abused Bendtner on the pitch in a match against Spurs.

    For the records a lot of our former players from Tony Adams down to Sol Campbell, Kanu, Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry, Kolo Toure all receive well deserved applause whenever they visit or come to play against us at Emirates.

    December 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  27. Manuel

    English home fans action are generics of English football, Ade for been there for so long should have anticipated the consequences rather than challenging fans. iIhope he will recover and back to where he is good at, lesson learned.

    December 16, 2009 at 8:34 am | Reply
  28. Kiala

    As die hard gunners supporter, i felt offended by his actions. My advise to him(Adebayor) ,kindly apologise to the entire Arsenal family.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:26 am | Reply
  29. tony

    I reside in the UK,and so i know how ade felt.If he were English and if he wasnt AFRICAN,he wouldnt have gotten that bad a treatment.
    But his action against van persie had no excuse.
    SORRY JUST HAD TO BE HONEST.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  30. Senga

    I will not say what he did was acceptable but teams and their fans should also know it was not a most for him to finish his career in Arsenal. As on the part of him going to Man. City because of money, i will say its very ok to me because everybody in his profession will go for the best

    December 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  31. Anthony

    The problem is that we africans are always impatient,Adebayo did what eh did simply because of money,nothing more than that ,The problem is that He is afraid of getting boot out on bench by Bendner and others,Wenger was suprised when he learned that Adebayo was making every attemped to join Man unitet at the first instance and Man U manager told him on phone that He has enough player availabe and he doesn,t have a place for him in his team ann H e find his way into man city,
    Adebayo is a good player and he need to learn as his growing up as a proffessional player,
    About what happened in Emirate stadium,,He is a mistake on his part ,No one above mistake And I hope that he will learn from that.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  32. Zimo

    Ade thats human 4 u,if do good they will conplain en if u do bad they will do d same. Ur way is nt there nt way, keep doing ur thing d way d way u like. Am sure fabregas is d nxt 2 b mock by d fans.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Reply
  33. MEL, MARYLAND.

    Its a shame that this article is still on this site even though CNN updates it website each day!Well I am not surprised because the article is under "Africa" and like the continent itself its being ignored.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  34. UDEAGBALA UGONNAYA KELSEY

    Adebayo is a wonderful guy and very humble.he deserve a second chance in everything CAF is doing by next year African footballer Award next year.i thank god for saving him from Angola rebel shootout.With God All Things are possible.Adebayor is not only a togolese But a True Blood of Ni9ja...Nigeria.
    FROM>.>>>UDEAGBALA UGONNAYA KELSEY

    January 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  35. Makay

    A donkey's lips will not fit on a horse's mouth.d truth is that arsenal is too honorable for a local guy lyk ade,he dose not fit to the system.it is when u sit on a pin that is when u appreciate the importants of your buttocks,he has sat on a pin by that character he put on after scorin that lazy man goal.he dose not worth a second chances.we are what we rdpeatedly do:i way to judge a person is by what their say.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  36. George

    I see nothing wrong with Adebayor excersing the capitalist mind. Money is at the centre of everything, hence, the reason why teams fight for good talent. Fans should also know that they do not own the players. Player are also workers in the entertaining industry!! Therefore, if they are badly treated, they have every right to switch jobs, paying less or more, it does not matter, as long as the player is happy and then can he perform well.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  37. V C

    I second the godfather (minus his second paragraph) i mean, Adebayor frustrated me for years, so good riddance.
    But whatever he does, either yearning for a fatter check or running round the pitch is totally up to him. If he went there for the money, then SO WHAT?

    March 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  38. suwa

    Arsenal fans are sore loosers, all the players mentioned did not play against arsenal immediately they left the club, Henry has never played them, Viera played against arsenal almost 2years later . all those idiots condeming Ade will move job for a better pay if given the chance. I am not going to judge him because their is no one without a fault. one more thing, Ade was a raising star before coming to Arsenal. God made him not wenger. same for fabregas, wengar did not make him, Barcelona and God made him.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  39. Justin

    For sure as a human beign he deserve a second chance but he have to accept his faults and ask for forgiveness. Arsenal fans are very kind and loving people, we believe in fair play. He should learn not to bite the fingers that fed him. Ade go and sin no more......................

    March 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply

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