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Adebayor regrets Robin stamp
07 Oct 2009 - 07:43:01
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that he regrets his stamp on former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.
The Togo striker was banned for three games after being charged with violent conduct following the incident with his ex-colleague during City's stormy 4-2 victory over the Gunners at Eastlands last month.
"It's one of the things that you can't do in football. That's for sure," he told the Evening Standard.
"It's true that if someone did that to me it would annoy and hurt me. I regret it, for sure."
Meanwhile, Adebayor claims he was "pushed out" of Arsenal in the summer after joining City in a £25million transfer.
"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," he continued.
"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!
"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.
"So people should know that it's not me who wanted to leave for money, it's Arsenal that forced me to go."