Arsène Wenger says he can prove Emmanuel Adebayor was wrongly sent off in the Carling Cup Final and Arsenal have called in professional video editors to help them gain the necessary evidence.

The Togolese forward was sent off for his part in the melee that followed Kolo Toure's clash with John Obi Mikel. Earlier this week Adebayor's appeal for wrongful dismissal was rejected and he received a three-match ban. He has another appeal pending against a charge of "reacting aggressively and refusing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off".

His manager intends to fight his corner on both counts.

"It was the linesman who said Abebayor should have been sent off and that is where it started for us," he said at Friday's press conference.

"The report says he aimed to punch Lampard. I say today not only did he not punch Lampard, he also did not aim to punch Lampard - and I am capable of proving it in front of the whole of the press and the FA.

"In this case the Club has been treated with disrespect and we deserve much better than that. I don't accept it.

"They can say what they want about me but that decision is completely wrong. And I can prove it. With professional editors we can show image by image that he did not intend or aim to punch at Lampard. It is as simple as that and it is obvious.

"In fact not only did Adebayor not intend to throw any punch he tried to separate people who were around Lampard."

The Arsenal manager has taken this issue to his heart and argued he is defending the reputation of the Club as a whole.

"We are guided by the vision of the football that we try to play," he said, "and by trying to be fair.

"We overreacted against Chelsea. I came out and apologised. But, for me, all the rest that happened afterwards was not right. And as the manager responsible for the Club I feel I am entitled to say that when [things are] not right."



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