Following the lead taken by Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has also spoken out against the Adebayor hysteria…
The former Arsenal and England hitman had this to say in The Sun:
‘However crazy his actions were, Adebayor – after getting bucketloads of stick for his £25million move – was only doing something which many other players would love to have done. It’s just Adebayor had the bottle to go for it.
‘After I left Crystal Palace for Arsenal, I got a fair amount of stick. Some fans wrote stuff on the wall of my mum’s house accusing me of being a Judas. It wasn’t nice that my family was getting dragged into things. The first time I scored against Palace, I did not run over to their fans – even though I thought about it. Putting the ball in the net gave me the real satisfaction.’
Of course, that’s precisely what Adebayor shouldn’t have done despite what had gone on up until him taking leave of his senses.
But Wrighty admitted with a message clearly aimed at Arsenal’s angry mob:
‘I must admit, I did celebrate in front of other away fans and after the game, I would usually get a dressing room visit from a policeman. It’s just that some fans want everything. They love to scream abuse at players and say things about the players’ wives and kids – but if they get something back, they don’t like it. And they cannot handle it.
‘Togo international Adebayor has clearly been storing a lot anger inside and he wanted to give an instant answer to all of the Arsenal fans.’
In the past 48 hours, Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate said:
‘If you give it, you have to take it. If people can’t accept somebody celebrating, they maybe shouldn’t give him the sort of stick he was getting during the game.’
And reviled Ipswich boss Royston Vasey Keane went one further:
‘We shouldn’t go over board on him. I think we should go easy on the boy. He’s apologised and from my point of view, if he was one of my players I’d hope everybody would leave it at that.’
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