By Richard Clarke
Emmanuel Adebayor says he was trying to act as a peacemaker in the incident that saw him sent off at the end of the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.
The Togolese striker was shown a red card after a melee had ensued when Kolo Toure and John Obi Mikel clashed in the centre circle. Adebayor argues he was trying to quell the problem rather than add to it. That is why he was so visibly irate when Howard Webb sent him off.
"I saw a lot of people getting angry and when I first got there it was to stop people and bring [the situation] down. It was a Final and I didn't want a lot of people to get involved.
"When the referee showed me a red card I couldn't believe it. I remember straight away [Arsenal physio] Gary Lewin came to me to say 'come on Manu, let's go,' but I said, 'just leave me to me ask one question - why did he give me a red card?' A lot of people thought I was going to hit him but I wasn't."
"I was angry," said the 21-year-old. "But I was not angry to hit somebody. I was angry because I couldn't understand why he sent me off.
The Club has now decided to appeal Adebayor's dismissal. In the immediate aftermath, the striker was hoping there would be a call for clemency.
"Of course I hope to appeal against the red card," he
said. "I think it's very important for me because I
didn't do anything wrong. I didn't hit anybody but he
[still] gave me a red card."
Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Feb 2007