Date: 12th August 2012 at 12:16pm
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Adebayor shows his former striker partner the respect he deserves

Adebayor shows his former striker partner the respect he deserves

With the race for Robin now seemingly a one horse one, many pundits have been wondering just why megabucks Manchester , the club first linked with the Dutchman are seemingly no longer contenders for his signature.

Some have put it down to City’s Brian Marwood dragging his heels with the deal, while others have claimed it’s more to do with the Premier League needing to cut their wage bill. The answer may lie in Van Persie’s former teammate Emmanuel Adebayor. The above picture is taken from a Premier League clash at back in 2009 where Adebayor stamped on his former colleague’s face, in a vicious unprovoked attack which resulted in a four match once the footage was examined by the FA.

The attack left sporting a bloody face.

The Dutchman was lucky not to have his eye damaged

The Dutchman was lucky not to have his eye damaged

Following the incident Van Persie issued a statement where he noted:
“He [Adebayor] set out to hurt me. I do feel lucky that I have not received a greater . I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made.

“The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It’s bad for the game we all love.

“I, too, have made hard and sometimes mistimed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent.

“He has shown a real lack of class, to me and the . We do not hide from the disappointment of losing the match but I need to speak out about his behaviour.”

Adebayor’s proposed move to Spurs has fallen through due to strikers wage demands and you have to wonder whether VanĀ  Persie thought the idea of sharing a dressing room with him, was something he just couldn’t entertain. Just a thought……