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Devastated Adebayor says sorry for derby red
Published : 18 Nov 2012 17:17:26
Having given Spurs an early lead at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the former Arsenal striker was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute following a wild, two-footed challenge on Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal fully exploited their numerical advantage, quickly drawing level through Per Mertesacker and then racing into a 4-1 lead with goals from Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Cazorla.
"I completely understand my sending off changed the entire outcome of the game and I whole-heartedly apologise to my team-mates, the manager and all the Tottenham fans for letting them down," Adebayor told British newspaper The Sun.
"But I must stress that my challenge was not malicious in any way whatsoever.
"I was genuinely trying to win the ball and probably stretched my foot out a bit too far in the heat of the moment.
"Nobody could have felt more devastated than me as I walked off the pitch.
"I so much wanted to help Tottenham win and thought for a moment that I'd actually set that win up when I scored, but football changes so quickly.
"One minute a hero, the next a villain."
Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas admitted that referee Howard Webb made "the right decision" to dismiss Adebayor and said that he would not be punishing the Togolese forward.