Bendtner Snr: My Nicklas is innocent in Arsenal clash

Nicklas Bendtner's Dad has jumped into his son's amazing blow-up with Arsenal teammate Manu Adebayor.

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While Adebayor has publicly apologised for clashing with Bendtner at the end of Arsenal's stunning 5-1 humiliation at Tottenham on Tuesday night, it has cut no ice with the Dane's father, Thomas.

Bendtner Snr said: "It's sad that a great player like Adebayor doesn't take his head with him on to the field. He was mad.

"I'm sure that Arsenal will take care of this and give him the right punishment. I don't expect anything to happen to Nicklas as he is innocent in this matter.

"I've spoken to Nicklas and he's unaware as to why this happened. He doesn't understand what took place to provoke it because he didn't do anything wrong. If you ask me, he's without guilt as he, unlike others, took his head with him on to the field. I think it would be a good idea for Arsenal to have a long chat with the two players and find out who is really to blame."

The Daily Mail says the argument began when Bendtner ignored calls from Adebayor, who had made an immediate impact as a substitute by scoring for Arsenal to make it 4-1, to pass the ball.

Bendtner ran down a blind alley and the feud continued on the edge of the penalty area moments later as they prepared for Cesc Fabregas to take a free-kick with seven minutes left.

Adebayor and Bendtner then argued about their positioning at the free-kick, with both wanting to take up a near-post position, and the Dane accidentally caught the back of his team-mate's heel, sparking the incredible scenes that resulted in skipper William Gallas having to separate the warring pair.

Adebayor was held back from another confrontation with the Denmark international after the final whistle, but it is understood that their disagreement later continued in the tunnel. The pair left White Hart Lane separately - Adebayor was detained for a routine drugs test while Bendtner set off for the team bus.

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