26 Apr Emmanuel Adebayor bash:’The racist abuse was too much’ – Striker explains notorious Arsenal kneeslide
The Togo striker has been roundly criticised at the time for his actions but he’s claimed they had been in reaction to discriminatory insults
Emmanuel Adebayor has shown that alleged racist chanting from Arsenal supporters due to his notorious party against them in September 2009.
The striker had just months before ended a three-year stint in the Gunners to join Manchester City for a fee of approximately #25 million.
In his first appearance against his former team, Adebayor netted City’s third goal in a 4-2 win against Arsenal and celebrated by running the length of the pitch to slip on his knees in the front of the away fans in the Etihad Stadium.
The Togo forwards did afterwards apologise for his actions and has been fined by the Football Association (FA), but representing nearly a decade on, Adebayor believes his punishment was unjust given the alleged racist abuse he received out of Arsenal supporters.
“That is what,” that the 35-year old informed the Daily Mail. “And it’s the reason why I haven’t mentioned anything about racism the last couple of weeks. As soon as I celebrated, the FA fined me, they penalized me. Nothing occurred to the Arsenal fans. Therefore it [racism] began with me personally and long ahead of me.
“I remember visiting the scene and Arsenal fans were there. All I heard was that the chant:’Your mom is a wh*re and also your dad washes elephants’.
“My dad worked in money exchange and my mom is a businesswoman, but that travelled on and on. Just how do I answer? I didn’t have a voice to go against tens of thousands of fans.
“The exact same FA are attempting to prevent racism? I am sorry, it doesn’t work like that. Now is too late. We’re tired. Enough is enough. I visit Mario Balotelli and Didier Drogba on Instagram. How often do we need to post something? We must react. We must leave the pitch.
“The misuse was a lot of,” he added. “I was prepared to die. I simply looked at them and thought:’You will find things that you don’t do’.
“When a sniper shot me, then he wouldn’t have struck me down. I had been in my religious zone. Kolo Toure explained to me’I had been looking at the images and you didn’t flinch once’. I didn’t feel human anymore.”
Adebayor is currently playing with the likes of Gael Clichy, Robinho, Arda Turan and Demba Ba in for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
in addition to representing Arsenal and Man Town, Adebayor has also played for Monaco, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur throughout his distinguished career.