Former Arsenal legends reckon Adebayor escaped punishment

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London, Oct 2(ANI): Following FA's decision to fine Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor of 25,000 pounds for his outrageous goal celebration during Manchester City-Arsenal game, several Arsenal legends have came forward to criticize the decision.

Former legends Frank McLintock and Perry Groves, said that Adebayor should have been given much severe punishment rather that the money and a suspended two-match ban for running 90 yards and celebrating his goal against his old club at Eastlands last month.

"Normally I don't like to see a player get suspended, but I think another two games would have been right. I'm surprised the FA didn't take the opportunity to come down on him a bit stronger. 25,000 pounds is just a fraction of his wages and he and Mark Hughes will be delighted," The Sun quoted McLintock, as saying.

"It's the first time, in all my years of football, that I have seen a player run the length of the pitch and throw himself at the fans of a club he has just left. I thought, considering Arsenal had brought him along and just given him the 80,000 pounds a week he demanded, that he might have a bit more respect," he added.

McLintock further said that he failed to know where all the anger came from towards Arsenal.

While, Groves said that FA's decision was completely unacceptable and compared it to the incident when Manchester United star Gary Neville escaped with a 5,000 pound fine and a warning for his outrageous celebration after scoring a goal against Liverpool fans at Old Trafford in January 2006.

"When Neville got done for celebrating in front of Liverpool fans last year he didn't get a suspended ban, so the FA, who we all want to show consistency, have gone beyond that," Groves said.

"The FA have said, 'You're out of order, do anything like it again and your banned', which is fair enough. But to go right to the end of the pitch is bordering on incitement," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, October 2, 2009, 15:56 [IST]
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