Adebayor reveals Man City celebration against Arsenal came after racist abuse


EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has revealed his infamous celebration for Manchester City against Arsenal was triggered due to racist abuse from Gunners fans.

The 35-year-old – now plying his trade at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir – incurred the wrath of supporters after he left to join the Citizens for £25million in 2009.

Former Arsenal ace Emmanuel Adebayor has lifted the lid on his infamous celebration against the Gunners in 2009
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And he further angered Arsenal fans after he netted during the 4-2 win at the Etihad in his first game against them where he sprinted the length of the pitch, before knee-sliding in front of them.

Bottles and other objects were thrown in the direction of the Togo striker, with the player later fined £25,000 by the FA over his celebration.

But Adebayor has lifted the lid on the reason why he behaved as he did, as he claimed the travelling support was singing racist songs about his family.

He told the Daily Mail: “This is the thing. And it is why I have not said anything about racism the past few weeks. When I celebrated, the FA fined me, they punished me.

“Nothing happened to the Arsenal fans. So it [racism] started with me and long before me.

“I remember getting to the stadium and Arsenal fans were there. All I heard was the the chant ‘Your mother is a whore and your father washes elephants.’

“My father worked in currency exchange and my mother is a businesswoman. But this went on and on. So how can I reply? I didn’t have a voice to go against thousands of supporters.”

English football has been marred by incidents of racism of late, with Raheem Sterling targeted by Chelsea fans earlier on in the season.

“I remember getting to the stadium and Arsenal fans were there. All I heard was the the chant ‘Your mother is a whore and your father washes elephants.’

Emmanuel Adebayor

While Troy Deeney suffered racial abuse online following Watford’s FA Cup win against Wolves, the same weekend Wilfried Zaha was labelled as a “diving monkey on Twitter”.

A Brentford season-ticket holder was arrested following claims that Derby ace Duane Holmes was subject to monkey chants at Griffin Park earlier this month.

And a fan was arrested for racially abusing Wigan ace Nathan Byrne for a sickening message he sent him on social media.

Adebayor added: “And now the same FA are trying to stop racism? I’m sorry. It does not work that way. Today is too late. We are tired. Enough is enough.

“I see Mario Balotelli and Didier Drogba on Instagram . How many times do we have to post something? We have to react. We have to leave the pitch.”

While Adebayor also revealed that Arsene Wenger was the reason he left the Emirates, claiming the Frenchman demanded him to go.

He said: “Wenger had nothing to tell me anyway. People think football is family. It is business.

“I did not just wake up one morning at Manchester City. I had signed a five-year contract at Arsenal. I came back for pre-season and Wenger said ‘You have to leave’.

“I said “Why should I leave?” I asked for one more year and if it does not work, I will walk off. He’s like “No.” He said if I stayed he would not put me in the squad. When you hear that, you have to go.”

Adebayor also sensationally revealed he contemplated suicide as he struggled to cope with the pressure of being a footballer as a youngster at Metz.

Adebayor, 35, sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters
Bradley Ormesher – The Times



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