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Adebayor remains unrepentant

Updated: Friday, 25 Sep 2009 11:48

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates in front of Arsenal supporters
Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates in front of Arsenal supporters

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor will continue to show ‘emotion’ when he celebrates goals despite facing an FA charge for improper conduct.

The Togo striker has until Wednesday to appeal the charge which was levelled at him for celebrating in front of fans of former club Arsenal after scoring for City as they won 4-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Adebayor ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans who he claimed had abused him during the game.

‘I am not afraid and I will still celebrate with emotion,’ Adebayor told ShortList magazine.

‘When you start to take emotion out of football you are going to have a very big problem. For the fans and the players it is a very emotional game, and when you take out emotion you have to question if people still care about the game.

‘It is just one of those things that happens in football when emotions are high. When you are being abused for the whole game it affects you. People are saying 10 seconds like it is a long time but it isn't.

‘The whole of that 10 seconds I was running and I was running on pure emotion. I was not thinking like I would normally do.’

Adebayor claims he did nothing to provoke the abuse from the Arsenal fans.

‘I was disappointed because I very much enjoyed my time at Arsenal. An offer came in for me and the club decided to accept it, I did not make any trouble and I did not say anything in the papers to try and get myself a move.’

He does not believe the Arsenal fans will cause trouble during the return match at Emirates Stadium on April 24.

‘I have already said I am ready for the return game. I don't think there will be trouble, it is a long time away and people have a lot of time to calm down.’