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Adebayor conduct under FA scrutiny

THE Football Association is to examine Emmanuel Adebayor's extravagant goal celebration against former club Arsenal and his challenge that left Robin van Persie with a facial wound during the Gunners' 2-4 loss to Manchester City.

Adebayor, who joined City in July after being a target for Arsenal fans during his final season in London, ran the length of the pitch in Saturday's English Premier League game to celebrate in front of visiting supporters after scoring City's third goal.

Furious Gunners fans hurled objects onto the field and had to be kept under control. Police said one steward was knocked unconscious.

Earlier, Adebayor's boot caught the head of van Persie, leaving the Arsenal forward with a cut to the face which the Dutch star said was the result of a "malicious stamp".

FA Chief Executive Ian Watmore told BBC radio yesterday: "Our governance team will take a good look at both of the incidents that have been highlighted and will come to the media with the answers early next week."

Goal celebration

Watmore was clearly disappointed by the goal celebration, for which the Togolese strike was booked.

"I was pretty unimpressed really because the problems between the Arsenal fans and Adebayor are well documented, and he ran the whole length of the field to celebrate," Watmore said. "So I think we're going to have a good close look at that one."

Adebayor apologized for his goal celebration after the match.

"To be honest, I'm very sorry for all this," he said. "Sometimes, the emotion takes over. That's what happened. I was very happy to score the goal."

On the field yesterday, Gabriel Agbonlahor's late header gave Aston Villa a 1-0 derby win at Birmingham City.

On Saturday, Manchester United overcame conceding a first-minute goal and Paul Scholes being sent off to win 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur.

The victory moved Alex Ferguson's side up to second in the standings, above City and Spurs on goal difference, with 12 points. Chelsea has a three-point lead after opening the season with five wins.


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