Man City boss Hughes: No malice in Adebayor challenge on Van Persie

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes insists there was no malice in Emmanuel Adebayor's challenge on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

"Emmanuel Adebayor sustained a tremendous amount of personal abuse from the kick-off but strongly maintains that there was no malice intended in the challenge on Robin van Persie and apologised to him when he hugged him on leaving the field of play at the end of the game.

"The referee had a great view of the challenge from Ade and the one that preceded it by Van Persie and deemed at the time that neither were worthy of either a yellow or red card," he told City's website. "There has been much discussion over the weekend regarding the various incidents in Saturday's game which is understandable.

"We expect high standards of behaviour from our players and it is easy in the cold light of day, when the adrenalin has died down, to talk about what players should and shouldn't do in that situation.

"Ade again immediately apologised but we know the FA will be reviewing the matter."

 
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