FA determined to make example of Man City's Adebayor
The Times says Adebayor will be charged with violent conduct by the FA today and faces the threat of being suspended for at least four matches for his incendiary antics during Manchester City's 4-2 victory over Arsenal.
The FA is determined to send out the strongest possible statement about on-the-field conduct and, while Ian Watmore, the chief executive, has already condemned the City forward's actions in running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters on Saturday, the organisation's first act today will be to charge the player with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Robin van Persie, his former team-mate.
The charge of violent conduct will be fast-tracked under the FA's disciplinary procedure, with a three-man disciplinary commission meeting to discuss the incident this week. A suspension of three matches is expected, which would leave Adebayor to miss the derby match away to Manchester United on Sunday and home games against Fulham, in the Carling Cup, and West Ham United at a time when City have concerns over the fitness of their two other new centre forwards, Carlos Tévez and Roque Santa Cruz.