Adebayor: I'll still celebrate goals with emotion
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted that an FA charge for improper conduct will not stop him celebrating goals ''with emotion''.
Adebayor is awaiting a verdict that could see him banned for a further two games following his celebration against former club Arsenal, where he ran the length of the pitch to goad the incensed Gunners fans after netting in his new side's 4-2 win.
But Adebayor - who has until Wednesday to appeal the charge - has no remorse over the incident and put his behaviour down to ''emotion''.
"I am not afraid and I will still celebrate with emotion,'' he told ShortList magazine. "When you start to take emotion out of football you are going to have a very big problem. For the fans and the players it is a very emotional game, and when you take out emotion you have to question if people still care about the game.
''It is just one of those things that happens in football when emotions are high. When you are being abused for the whole game it affects you. People are saying 10 seconds like it is a long time but it isn't.
"The whole of that ten seconds I was running and I was running on pure emotion. I was not thinking like I would normally do.''
Adebayor also repeated his claims that he did nothing to provoke the abuse he suffered at the hands of Gunners' fans.
"It doesn't matter what you do or what you earn. If you get abuse for over an hour, an hour of personal abuse, you are going to react,'' he said. ''Just because we are football players it does not mean we have the right to be abused. 'People talk about the money we earn, but just because somebody makes a good living it does not mean they have to put up with abuse.
"I was disappointed (by the reaction of fans) because I very much enjoyed my time at Arsenal. An offer came in for me and the club decided to accept it, I did not make any trouble and I did not say anything in the papers to try and get myself a move.
"An offer came in and the club thought it was an offer that was good for them. They chose to sell me, I did not ask to leave."
Adebayor can expect a hostile reception when City travel to the Emirates on April 24, but he insists that he has nothing to fear and that he will not alter his goal celebration.
He said: "I have already said I am ready for the return game. I don't think there will be trouble, it is a long time away and people have a lot of time to calm down. It could be a big match for both teams, so I think people will just be concentrating on the three points."