It's called common sense, and Emmanuel Adebayor could and should have used it after scoring for Manchester City against his former club in Saturday's English Premier League clash.
Let's face it. Adebayor was a little-known forward when he was signed by Arsene Wenger.
He enjoyed two and a half decent seasons at Monaco, where he scored once every four games, but it was with Arsenal that he became a star.
Does it mean that he needs to feel indebted to the Gunners or Wenger for the rest of his career? No, probably not.
However, it does mean that he should show his previous employers a little more respect.
Did he not think about what he was doing? I don't buy that argument. He had a good seven or eight seconds while he was running from one edge of the pitch to the other to consider his actions.
He could have stopped at the halfway line. He could have turned and headed to the Man City bench. But he didn't. Instead he ran to celebrate in front of the fans of his former club, rubbing salt into their wounds.
So that excuse won't fly in my book. This was an action which should be punished because the celebration could have ignited violence in the crowd.
It could have led a few of the Arsenal fans to jump the barrier and invade the field.
Believe me, I love goal celebrations. I have no problems with players taking their shirts off, or putting hats on, or jumping up and down like little children.
That shows passion, it shows they care. I personally believe players shouldn't be booked when they become bare-chested after scoring in a professional game.
However, this was over the top. The English Football Association has taken action and rightly so.
A five-match suspension may be harsh, but I would back a two-game ban. It would stop other players from behaving similarly, which could one day spark violence in the stands and on the pitch.
BANNED MY FOOT !
ADEBAYOR DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE BANNED. AM NOT SAYN THAT HE IS RIGHT ON STEPPN ON VAN PERSIE 9EVEN THOGH HE CLAIMS IT WAS NOT INTENTIONAL). I HAVE SEEN WORST THINGS HAPPEN IN FOOT BALL.. INCLUDN GOAL CELEBRATIONS. IN USA '94 WORLD CUP, LEANARDO OF BRAZIL ELBOWED AN OPPONENT IN THE FACE WITH BLOOD FLOWING. HE ONLY GOT A RED CARD.
AM NOT A FAN OF ADEBAYOR OR MAN CITY BUT I HAVE SEEN ARSENAL FANS INSULTING AND ABUSING ADEBAYOR THROGH OUT A WHOLE SEASON WHILE HE WAS AN ARSENAL PLAYER AND NOTN WAS DONE BY THE FA.
I SAY THAT ADEBAYOR WAS PROVOKED BY THE FANS SIMPLE!!! SO IF THE FA IS THINKN ABOUT CHARGES THEY SHOULD ALSO LOOK AT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT WHICH IS THE ABUSIVE ARSENAL FANS.
I am worried!
Ofcourse you are wondering why!
Ok. I mention the names Adebayor from Manchester united, Serena Williams – tennis, accused of death threats towards a linesman!
Hamilton cheats and then of course he is now a name not worthy mentioning coz he does no wins! Micheal Vick is relageted for engaging in dog fighting competitions!
Kenye West goes on stage with all the booze in his brains, sabotaging a young womans story of happiness!
We need more black role models like Obama, not the above.
I think this total rubbish. If was for the foul then I agree other than this is pure rubbish
yes. definetely need to be banned
adebayor jus needs some understanding of the game called football
adebayor should be banned for 3 games because that challenge on van persie was shocking and fully intented to hurt him
I am an Indian who has spent about a dozen yrs in Africa. Africans never take things to heart and are the most happy go lucky guys on earth. Punishing Adebeyor was wrong. These kind of celebrations keep happening all the time and there is nothing wrong. He didn't gesture in a lewd , rude or indecent manner.
Also, regarding the incident with van Persie- even that was harsh esp. since he apologised and hugged the player later and also one could see that it was certainly not delibrate.
this is a football game he has every right to run around and rejoice as he deems fit....banned for what? for being happy?
Adebayor should be banned for one or two matches for stupid act.Oti.
it's like a circus. what's wrong with player landing on his knees in front of opponents crowd? Arsenal fan's insult against Adebayor was lot worse
No one should be banned for celebrating. Fans need to know how to control themselves. Winners have a right to celebrate. They are lots of people that don't play sports for money.....their reward is celebrating, if it annoys their opponents so be it....doesn't give their opponents the right to react violently....they should play harder so that they get a chance to celebrate back.
If the Arsenal fans rioted it would have been because they were immature. Arsenal is my favourite club in England. Winners celebrate! Losers have to take it! It's the prize.
They said things about Bolt when he celebrated his victory in Beijing.
If they want to ban him for the stamp, which no one but him can say was definitely intentional, so be it, but not for celebrating.
I don't think he should be banned. Part of the beauty of soccer is the raw hatred and love its fans can display during matches. The ones who should be banned are the people who think it's OK to pelt a guy with rubbish and garden furniture just because he scored a goal and wanted his victims to feel his glory and their defeat.
arenal fans knew what they would get should he score, the design a sales broschure simialr to one M. Owen was sending to all the clubs. to be honest, this whole thing about the fans could have gone nuts is a bit silly, the fans deserved every minute of grief that he gave them. Arsenal did not have to sell him, they did, he owes them nothing in my book, they should just accept that he may have dented their championship hopes and i am sure when the return leg comes to Emirates, he will score and a riot will errupt, so do us all a favour and start asking the arenal (gonners – fans) to man up, one wonders what the the FA will charge players for, ref, linesmen and fourth official saw nothing, leave it, if you get the replay in super slow mortion to effect this is a joke too
My heart bleeds! He is an over rated and gets paid far more than he's worth.
Being provoked by fans? How sad! It must be terrible when you get paid so much money for kicking a ball. I wonder how long it will be before an impressionable child copies his violent antics?!
All this celebrity adulation is pathetic. He would be in more trouble had he been so violent off the football field. Frankly, I think the ban should be a long one and the fine a lot more than what will be a pittance to someone so highly paid.
No prize for guessing what Adebayor will do to Manchester City and its fans one day when he left the club.
His action in goal celebration was clearly full of malice, coupled with his deliberate stomping of Robin van Persie's face during the same match concluded his evil intention. A lengthy ban is in order. Nothing less.
Showing a little respect for the manager and club for making you what you are won't hurt. Take Patrick Viera or Thierry Henry or the many players who left Arsenal who refuse to join Spurs for the love of Arsenal.
Sadly, Emmanuel Adebayor has an animal instinct that made him behave the way he did.
He carried his hatred too far. He deserves to have the book thrown at him.
well yes, lets agree for the foul, but for the goal, the celebration is in 2 parts (1) adebayo has his fans in arsenal and i believe they love him when he scores a goal. that i feel he wanted to tell them, i can still score goal even if am not in arsenal and moreso hes fans still like him (2) adebayo feels this goal i would have scored for arsenal if am still there. rememeber he has not gotten enough fans in man.city yet.so i think the FA and FIFA should be rational in their decision, so that it wound kill the beauty the young man have inside of him.am a nigeria and our team messed up some weeks ago but i believe we can be better when we caution people and tell them to go only were there fans are to celebrate. please look into it and please reply.
I'm nt Ade or man city fan,he shld nt b banned.If "they" go ahead and banned him,it entell something else nt that inccident
Adebayo's action would have been pre-empted by the asnal's fan abuses,in that wise he should not be banned,rather laws should be put in place to guide against future occurance,and purnishement to be followed.
I don't think banning is the right decision. He can just be fined a li'l and he should make sure not to repeat such thing.
Well, that of celebration,i dont think he should be banned unless there is a rule against such action already which I presume he should have known.But for stamping on Van Persie,the FA should look into it,if found guilty,he should be banned simple.
I tnink Adebayor has been misstreated, for that punishment simply baceuse he scoured the goal against his former club an Aserne Wenger wth his players they prepared to stop him frm scoring. Aserne Wenger i respect him as good manager but he should speak the truth instead of hating Adebayor in football there is no politics.
completely ridic. he should not be banned. this is futbol...the Aresenal fans need to get over it.
Adebayor should definitely NOT be banned. Based on my understanding of the way the Arsenal fans treated him when he was there, with their taunts and insults, no wonder he reacted as he did. Why is it that fans could behave as they like and players have to always take it? The fns need to grow up.
ADEBAYO HIS ACTION ON THAT MATCHDAY WAS UNCALLED AND HAS BEEN PUNISHED . HE VEHEMENTLY STEPEED ON VAN PERSIE IS A TABOO IN FOOTBALL AND SHOULD NOT BE DISCOURANGED BY PUNISHING HIM SO AS TO SERVE AS A DETEREENT TO PLAYERS. PLAYERS FACE ALL MANNER OF ABUSE INCLUDING RACIAL ABUSE LIKE SAMUEL ETO'O OF BACELONA NOW OF INTER MILAN, HE DID NOT KILL ANYBODY OR ACT IN A WAY TO RETALITE THOSE FANS. IF IT WAS ADEBAYO,I BELIEVE HE MIGHT WALKED UP TO THE FANS AND FIGHT. HE DESERVE TO EARN THE PUNISHMENT MELTED TO HIM.
I think it is good that he was banned. In my opinion, he should have been banned for even more games. Even if the Arsenal fans apparently showed him disrespect when he was playing for that team, he could have been the bigger person and not stooped to their level.
Hopefully, other player will learn from this.
Non of what he has done should be new to any football fan.Starting from the Gr8 Legend Maradona and Zidane.If hes to be suspended for hitting Van.P so be it but i think its uncalled for to suspend him for celebrating in front of Arsenal Fan.Take for instance if it was a Premier League Final would anyone tell him not to celebrate after the win?...
I think Adebayor's actions were not sportsman-like, but if you look closely van Persie tried slid with studs up, from behind and would have had to go through Adebayors left leg to get to the ball.
van Persie should have received a yellow card for a dangerous play.
Adebayor should not have kicked him, as it was intentional and he should have been red carded but not suspended.
the arsenal coach aserne wenger know well adebayor,soccer game isn't easy.sheyi enjoy ,don't worry be happy...
i agree wit dose who cited Eto's example when he was in barcelonia : i wonder what adebayor would av done it were him. another thing is dis- is adebayor paid to be on dat pitch to listen to what fans were saying or to play? he shuld realise dat fans are collection of individuals who av so much passion for their clubs and players dat make up d club which he was part of. his exit no matter d circumstance is like a betrayal to dem. if i were him i will simply see it dat dey were missing me.
as an arsenal fan, the 3rd goal was painfull but i consoled myself dat it was done by our product but wit d way he celebrated towards thearsenal fans, it was like adebayor forgot dis relationship so fast wit d anger in him.
remember,arsene and arsenal fc took d chance to turn u to a striker to be recond wit in d world; no matter d chants from ur former fans, van p dosn't have to pay with his face for it. arsenal remains your root to lime light!!
Football without passion is about as interesting as watching paint dry!
If we want mindless robots playing soccer we will all be hooked to FIFA2009 (hey, even on Playstation the players show emotion).
We need to realise that these players are humans, being paid $200k per week does not make u Superman!
I believe we (the fans) ascribe too much clout to them than they deserve. They might be great players but that does not make them "good peoples".
How can anyone say he does not deserve a ban for the celebration? (He has already received a 3 match ban for the tackle on RvP).
a red card results in a 2 match ban automatically, with a review of it which can mean a 3 match ban – so the comments for the World Cup USA are kind of backing what has happened to Adebayor.
Having recently seen some nasty riots between a game here in England, we do not want to see any ugly situations again anytime soon. When did you last see this sort of incident? Not for a LONG time – because players don't do it, because they know it's not a good idea. So knowing it's not a good idea and doing it – deserves punishment.
As for being "abused" by fans during the game – players get that ALL the time, if he can't handle it he's in the wrong game!
Sorry but you cannot do what he did and not expect to be punished, behave like a professional (especially as you get paid millions every year) and PLAY like a gentleman – Ade needs a little lesson in this and perhaps he is about to get it.
I project he will receive a further 3 match ban for his celebration and a fine, which will unfortunately probably be pocket money for the multi millionaire. He will deserve all of it, without any possible doubt.
And yes RvP should have received a yellow for his tackle, and could have received a red if it had been timed any less poorly. If we are going to pick holes in every tackle and every refereeing decision then we'll be here a long time.
Ade made very big mistakes in the game and so RvP's tackle has gone unnoticed – RvP is not to blame for that, Adebayor is!
I AM A REAL ARSENAL FAN I DONT LIKE WHAT ADE DID SO I THING
TWO GAME SUSPENTION AND A SERIOUSE WARNING IS OK
Pride comes before a fall. Lets see how far he can go.
He should be banned tor 1 season, put on a strict probation, etc. To eliminate behavior like this, the penalty must be severe, to impress on the players that this type of conduct will not be tolerated!! If the governing body does not impose a swift, severe penalty, they risk more potential situations of this nature. They must stop it now, to maintain the integrity of the sport, and it`s governing body!!
Adebayor"s purnishment should have included a fine. the Togan has become swollen headed. He' should learn from history on europe's futbol fan's violece and stop overstrecthing his luck. Kudos to Asernal fans for not helping Adebayor spoil our fun.
the celebration is justified but the foul on van persie was evil
I agree with a number of these points, I do feel that Adebayor should be fined and banned for the Van Persie incident but as for the celebration I feel the FA need to look at what has happened previously, specifically what happened during the 2008/2009 season and the abuse that was hurled at Adebayor. The FA must take action but not only towards the player, perhaps towards the Arsenal fans as well. I have followed football for many years now and am a huge fan of the game but I feel reactions like that of the Arsenal fans were just as bad as Adebayor's celebrations. If Adebayor is charged the FA must take actions towards the fans as well....
if he deserved to be punished for celebrating in front of the arsenal goal why didnt van persie get punsihed for celebratring in front of man city supporters.
Talk of double standards and corruption, this ppl are turning football in to ballet dancing.
when one does wrong, they should expect a punishment. Adebayor is getting punished for what he did. How harsh is the punishment? I cant say. The flip side is why were those Arsenal fans booing him all the way? He left their team so what? A man is bound to lose it at some point as Ade did and thought he was paying back! May be the FA should also fine clubs for their fans boos which I think have gone out of hand. There isnt a single game you wont hear boos; many times for unexplained reasons.
Not Arsenal. Not Man city. Not English PL fan.
Winners celebrate! Losers hate when winners celebrate! Get over it, if he was celebrating for Arsenal it would have been wonderful. If you can't bear to see your opponent celebrate don't play.
The tackle from Van Persie on Adebayor was definitely a nasty looking tackle, was the stamp definitely intentional? I couldn't tell. I originally thought he was trying to avoid the tackle and landed awkwardly.....on Van Persie's face...which to me, was a kind of poetic justice.
He should not be purnished for celebrating considering the insults he received from the Arsenal fans who majority are holigans, but for the tackle on Van Persie he deserve at least to be purnished.
Adebayor deserves to be banned,yes guilty in both in goal celebrations and incident with van Persie,he apologised and hugged the player later,but gets paid far more than he’s worth
I thought worth only one match ban
wow, ban.. we have seeing other players do worst then this,l think players should celebrate their goals the way they want, Arsenal fans should alway be ban
3 game matchs l think its too much one or two but not three maybe if its was Van persie he might take just one or two,halllla to u Adebayor much respect ,pls dont let them put u down
i agree totally that Adebayor should be punished for the stamp on Van P, but that as far as I am concerned is as far as it goes. He has already got a 2 match suspension. Thats it, over and done with. But to go as far as saying he should be banned for his celebration is absolutely extreme.
First of all i dont see him doing nothing wrong, the fans were mean to him before he left the Gunners, just like they were to Eboue, even he (Eboue) stayed. On the day of the said game he was booed everytime he got the ball, so why shouldnt he celebrate his goal. I am a Gunner fan, but I totally disagree with of a punishment for his celebration let alone ban...That's just absurd!!
Players come and players go. The Beautiful Game is always bigger than the players.
Fans are the ones responsible for the action of themselves not a celebration of a player. In any sport players change teams and sometimes may not appreciate how they were treated by their prior team. In any sport, its a play to win or get off the field mindset at the professional level. Who cares about pouring salt on the wounds of fans or otherwise. What he did was not out of bounds at all. A little color in character should never incite a riot, fines, or suspension of any kind... English football is not holier than any sport, church, country or state... there is no written law against hurting the feelings of fans even Arsenal ones or supports your doctrine on this matter.. even if you did not appreciate the gesture
Raja thanks for your input.. my thoughts exactly. Adebayor wanst vulgar what what about the gunners who were insulting his folks who fined or penalised them?
Eke – how come just about every other player in history has managed to ignore the fans comments, but Adebayor coudln't?
Doesn't that say something about Adebayor?
He gets paid $$$$'s to be professional – lets not forget that. It's the fans who pay his wages!