Adebayor in the clear over Bendtner clash

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn Adebayor in the clear over Bendtner clash This article is more than 11 years old David Hytner Emmanuel Adebayor and Niklas Bendtner during angry exchanges at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP This article is more than 11 years old Emmanuel Adebayor escaped a violent-conduct charge from the Football Association yesterday that might have brought with it a three-match suspension, despite Nicklas Bendtner telling Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, that the Togo international had headbutted him.Wenger’s relief was temporary as he must decide how best to proceed with internal discipline while defusing the feud between the players, which simmered for some months before erupting during the Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. Bendtner marched into Wenger’s office at the club’s training ground yesterday to give his account of the dispute. He feels he was the innocent party in the flashpoint in which Adebayor bloodied his nose after the pair clashed late in the 5-1 defeat. The 20-year-old Denmark international refuses to accept being fined and wants the backing of his manager. Wenger also saw Adebayor and insists he should not shoulder all the blame. He believes he was provoked and if Wenger is going to fine him then he must follow suit with Bendtner. Wenger took the unusual measure of cancelling his regular press conference today and he will attempt to draw a veil over the incident, which threatens the much-vaunted spirit of togetherness in his squad. “No formal disciplinary action will be taken against Emmanuel Adebayor,” said an FA spokesman. “Both players will be written to, to remind them of their responsibilities.” The Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally, has confirmed that his 15-year-old striker Luke Freeman is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal. Freeman has attracted interest from several Premier League sides but appears set to join the Gunners. Soccer Share on Twitter Share on Twitter news Share on Messenger First published on Thu 24 Jan 2008 21.41 ESTcenter_img Topics Share on Facebook @DaveHytner Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Soccer Thu 24 Jan 2008 21.41 EST Share on Pinterest Emmanuel Adebayor Shares00last_img

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