Man City's Adebayor: I immediately apologised to Van Persie

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he immediately apologised to Arsenal striker Robin van Persie after their clash earlier this season.

Adebayor was banned for three matches for raking his studs down the face of Van Persie.

He explained to CNN he regretted the incident: "Of course yes. I see Robin in the tunnel and I told him: 'I'm very sorry for what happened'. He's like: 'Why, why you do that?' and I told him: 'Robin, I don't know, that does happen, I'm sorry.' And at the time he told me, 'OK it's fine.'"