Ade handed suspended ban
Manchester City star Emmanuel Adebayor has been fined £25,000 and given a suspended two-game ban following his goal celebration against Arsenal. Adebayor was handed a charge of improper conduct by the FA for his controversial celebration after scoring in City's 4-2 win over Arsenal last month. The Togo striker has just served a three-match suspension for violent conduct after a clash with former Gunners team-mate Robin van Persie in the same game. City boss Mark Hughes was always hopeful Adebayor would escape a further ban and at the FA hearing on Thursday they decided to fine him and hand the striker a suspended two-match ban. It means Adebayor will be available for next Monday's game with Aston Villa after missing City's last three outings. UnacceptableThe FA took Adebayor's admission into account along with the conduct of Arsenal's fans, however, they felt his actions were unacceptable. "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," read a statement on The FA's official website. "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." Hughes was happy the matter was finally at an end and that Adebayor was free to face Aston Villa. "There has been a lot said and written about Emmanuel's goal celebration," said Hughes. "We are just glad to put it all behind us now and I am relieved he will be able to play at Aston Villa on Monday night. "Manu was in great form before his suspension and having him available again is a huge boost to us."
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