MANCHESTER CITY striker Emmaunel Adebayor admits he regrets his stamp on former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.
The £25m striker received a three-match ban for his attack on the Dutchman during City’s 4-2 victory at Eastlands on 12 September.
But now the Togo hitman concedes he was wrong to lash out and says he wished the incident had never happpened. “It’s one of the things that you can’t do in football, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s true that if someone did that to me it would annoy and hurt me. I regret it, for sure.”
Adebayor was also handed a suspended ban for his over-zealous goal celebration in front of Gunners fans in the same match, but repeats his claim that his actions were provoked by insults from the stands.
“I think we are all human beings and there are things we can stand and others we cant,” he added. “We all have limits. I’m lucky that my mother is still alive. I think I would never accept things being said and done regarding my mother.
“When I heard the fans singing and insulting my parents, I couldn’t stand it. When I scored, I wanted to show them, ‘You kicked me out of the club, now I’ve scored against you.’ It was a response to what happened, but I did not in any way want to provoke them.
“My relationship with Arsenal has broken in two. I wanted to stay.”