Adebayor escapes fresh ban

01 October 2009 04:59
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has avoided another ban after being fined and given a suspended two-match punishment for his goal celebration against former club Arsenal. Adebayor, who was previously banned for three games following an altercation with Robin van Persie during the same match, was fined £25,000 and given a suspended ban following a Football Association hearing on Thursday. The Togo striker had been summoned by the FA following his behaviour in City's 4-2 victory over former club Arsenal on September 12. His decision to run the length of the pitch to celebrate scoring in front of travelling Arsenal fans led to an improper conduct charge. However, he is now free to return to action in City's next game - Monday's Premier League meeting with Aston Villa. "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 an FA statement. "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. "The two-match ban was suspended until December 2010 and will be activated in the event of a similar breach of FA rules."

Source: ESA