Keane calls for Adebayor leniency

Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane says the FA should not throw the book at Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor following his conduct against former club Arsenal last weekend, after the striker immediately apologised for his actions.

The FA have confirmed that they will be a studying a video of the former Monaco man's behaviour during the Blues' 4-2 win over the Gunners at Eastlands, during which the Togolese targetman sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate scoring a goal in front of the visiting supporters.

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Adebayor was yellow-carded for the exuberant reaction, and apologised straight after the match.

And former Manchester United captain Keane believes that both of those factors should be considered by the FA when deciding whether to punish him further.

"Fair play to the boy, I think he's apologised after the game… he probably knows he's done a bit wrong because obviously the Arsenal fans were clearly frustrated with his behaviour," he told Sky Sports News.

"Players make mistakes. When he scored he got a bit carried away. We shouldn't go overboard on it. I think we should go easy on the boy.

"From my point of view, if he was one of my players, I'd hope everyone would leave it at that. I personally don't think he should be banned – maybe just a warning."

In a seperate incident, the FA are also investigating whether Adebayor stamped on Arsenal forward Robin van Persie during the match on Saturday, after the Dutchman accused the striker of deliberately raking his studs down his face.

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