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Fine & suspended ban for Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor signed for Manchester City from Arsenal for 25m in July

Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor has been fined £25,000 and given a suspended two-match ban following his goal celebration against Arsenal.

He ran the length of the field to taunt fans of his former club after scoring in City's 4-2 victory at Eastlands.

"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," said Manchester City boss Mark Hughes.

Adebayor had already received a three-match ban for a stamp during the match.

Former team-mate Robin van Persie was left needing treatment for a cut to his face following the incident.

It is understood that Adebayor was at Wembley on Thursday to admit a charge of improper conduct to a Football Association regulatory commission hearing.

His admission was taken into account as was, crucially, the conduct of Arsenal supporters, who reacted angrily to Adebayor's celebrations, hurling objects on to the field.


One steward was knocked unconscious and taken to hospital before being discharged.

"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."

Adebayor's suspended two-match ban will only be activated if there is a similar breach of FA rules before December 2010.

In the meantime, the Togo international is free to face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday after serving his three-game ban for stamping on Van Persie.

"Manu was in great form before his suspension and having him available again is a huge boost to us," said Hughes, whose side have made an impressive start to the season.

City lie fifth in the Premier League table, just three points behind leaders Manchester United and with a game in hand.

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see also
Fabregas anger at Adebayor tackle
18 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Adebayor handed three-match ban
17 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Adebayor hit with two FA charges
15 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Man City 4-2 Arsenal
12 Sep 09 |  Premier League

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