Adebayor regrets RVP stamp

06 October 2009 07:30
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor confesses that he regrets his stamp on former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.[LNB] The Togo star swapped Emirates Stadium for Eastlands this summer and his first reunion with his ex-colleagues was marred by controversy.[LNB]Adebayor received a three-game suspension for his attack on Van Persie, while the forward was handed a suspended ban for celebrating in front of Arsenal fans.[LNB]The former Gunners ace now admits that he was wrong to stamp on Van Persie and that he wishes he had not performed the act.[LNB]Adebayor was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard: "It's one of the things that you can't do in football. That's for sure. [LNB]Annoy"It's true that if someone did that to me it would annoy and hurt me. I regret it, for sure."[LNB]Meanwhile, Adebayor - who returned from his ban in Monday's draw at Aston Villa - claims he was told to leave Arsenal by manager Arsene Wenger.[LNB]He said: "I talked with the coach and he told me I was one of Arsenal's best-paid players, that the club was in the red, so maybe they wouldn't be able to pay me any more - it would be better for me to go. [LNB]"I asked him, 'Is it your choice or the club's?' He answered, 'It's everybody's choice, from the whole club'. I was pushed out!" [LNB]He added: "Everybody says Adebayor went for the money. I think a lot of people are wrong because Arsenal bought me for five or six million and they sold me three-and-a-half years later for £25million. [LNB]Money"So people should know that it's not me who wanted to leave for money, it's Arsenal that forced me to go." [LNB]Adebayor has also repeated his claim that insults from Arsenal fans provoked his goalscoring celebration in City's 4-2 win over the Gunners in September.[LNB]He said: "I think we are all human beings and there are things we can stand and others we can't. We all have limits. I'm lucky that my mother is still alive. I think I would never accept things being said and done regarding my mother.[LNB]"When I heard the fans singing and insulting my parents . . . I couldn't stand it. When I scored, I wanted to show them, 'You kicked me out of the club, now I've scored against you.' It was a response to what happened, but I did not in any way want to provoke them.[LNB]"My relationship with Arsenal has broken in two. I wanted to stay. It's true that I didn't score a lot of goals last season, but I was often injured."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports