The FA today announced that it has formally charged Emmanuel Adebayor, of Manchester City, with two charges: one of Violent Conduct for his challenge on Robin Van Persie and one of Improper Conduct for his behaviour following his goal against former club, Arsenal, during Saturday’s Barclays Premier League football match between the two sides.
Adebayor has until 18:00 BST on Wednesday to respond to the Violent Conduct charge, which, under the FA’s “Fast Track” scheme would see the player banned for three matches. However, due to the severity of the offence, it could well be that the FA ban the player for longer than the standard three games. In either case, Adebayor would miss this weekend’s derby match against Manchester United.
There will be a separate meeting to decide the punishment for the Improper Conduct charge, which could also result in a ban for Adebayor, in addition to a fine.
The FA also stressed that it would seek help from the Greater Manchester Police and both clubs in order to see that any fans who engaged in violent behaviour during Saturday’s match are suitably punished, after many fans threw objects onto the pitch, one of which knocked a steward unconcious.
The FA Statement on this issue read:
[The FA] would like to see anyone found guilty of such behaviour face action through the legal system and banning orders from football.
That the crowd’s violent behaviour was an almost direct result of the actions of a professional footballer – Emmanuel Adebayor – may mean the player receives substantial penalties from the FA, particularly given their ongoing “Respect” campaign.
Whether Emmanuel Adebayor, or his club, Manchester City, decide to appeal either decision remains to be seen.