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On This Day in 2009 – Emmanuel Adebayor fined for celebration against Arsenal

The Manchester City striker ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of visiting Gunners supporters after scoring.

Pa Sport Staff
Sunday 01 October 2023 06:00 BST
Emmanuel Adebayor ran the full length of the pitch for his celebration (Nick Potts/PA)
Emmanuel Adebayor ran the full length of the pitch for his celebration (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Archive)

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor was fined £25,000 and handed a suspended two-match ban by the Football Association for his celebration against former club Arsenal on this day in 2009.

Adebayor was punished after he ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of visiting Gunners supporters after he scored in the 80th minute of a Premier League match.

The then 25-year-old had already served a three-match suspension for violent conduct in a separate incident during the 4-2 victory at Eastlands on September 12.

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The Togo international appeared at Wembley and admitted a charge of improper conduct at a FA regulatory commission hearing.

Adebayor’s acceptance of his behaviour was taken into account, but also the conduct of Arsenal supporters, who were also criticised for their personal abuse of Adebayor following his departure from the club the previous summer transfer window in a £25million deal.

“In reaching its decision the commission took into account his admission of the charge, public apology and the extremely provocative nature of the abuse he received,” read a statement from the FA.

“However, the commission also stated that players have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a proper manner and that such celebrations are unacceptable and have the potential to cause a serious public order incident.”

Adebayor went on to play for Real Madrid before switching to Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham in August 2012 following a loan spell.

His Premier League career continued with Crystal Palace before stints in Turkey at Basaksehir and Kayserispor, and he finished playing at Paraguayan Primera Division outfit Olimpia Asuncion.

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