Toure: Adebayor stamp was accident

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure insists Emmanuel Adebayor's clash with Arsenal forward Robin van Persie last weekend was an accident, and that he should not be banned by the FA.

The towering Togolese target-man was charged by the FA on Tuesday, after appearing to rake his studs down the Dutchman's face during the Blues' 4-2 win against Arsene Wenger's men at Eastlands.

He could now be slapped with a minimum of a three-match suspension for violent conduct, as well as further sanctions having been handed a seperate improper conduct charge for running the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal against the Gunners in front of the visiting supporters.

However, Ivorian Toure - who followed Adebayor from the Emirates Stadium to the North West earlier this summer - insists that the striker's clash with Van Persie was not intentional.

“Adebayor was crucial against Arsenal. He's already apologised and the matter is closed for us," he told Sky Sports.

“He shouldn't be banned. The referee gave him a yellow card. The Van Persie incident was just an accident.

“We're behind him and he'll score so many goals this season because he's devoted to the club and he loves his football again.”