Tottenham boss Redknapp blames Arsenal fans for Adebayor actions

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has blamed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor’s actions on raucous Arsenal fans.

The Togo international cited the ire of the Gunners fans when he sprinted to their end of the pitch after scoring against his former club at Eastlands on the weekend, almost causing a riot.

The FA have looked down on Adebayor’s actions but Redknapp believes the fans are as much to blame for the antics.

“I’ve got no time for people kicking anybody or being violent on the football pitch and he was wrong to run the length of the field,” Redknapp said.

“But it’s very difficult when you’re getting abuse throughout the game like he was.

“It’s not celebrating a goal that cause riots, it’s idiots who want to start riots.

“If I had been standing there and we had been giving him grief all game and he did that, I would probably say: ’Fair play.’

“Adebayor went over the top but, at the same time, he was getting a lot of abuse from the fans for the whole afternoon.

“What did he do really? Run back and go like that, saying he scored.

“I’m not saying it’s right but if you can’t go near the away fans when you score because you’ll cause a riot, then something is wrong.

“What nutters want to cause riots? Why do people need to shout abuse and cause riots? Why can’t they just watch a game of football?

“I don’t understand it. There’s no need for it and there must be something wrong with you if you want to do that.”

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