Adebayor escapes second ban

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been fined £25,000 and handed a suspended two-match ban following his goal celebration against former club Arsenal.

The Togolese target-man netted an 80th minute header against Arsene Wenger's side in the Blues' 4-2 win at Eastlands on September 12, before running the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the travelling supporters.

Despite being yellow-carded for his actions by referee Mark Clattenburg, Adebayor was still hit with an improper conduct by the FA for the exuberant celebration after a steward was injured as crowd trouble broke out.

However, at an FA hearing on Thursday, a fine and suspended suspension was deemed the appropriate sanctions.

His two-match ban is suspended until December 2010 and will be activated in the event of a similar breach of FA rules.


"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," the FA said.

"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 has recently served a three-match ban for stamping on Robin van Persie's face in the same match, missing the clashes with Manchester United, Fulham and West Ham.


But he will now be available for next City's meeting with Aston Villa next week.