Emmanuel Adebayor looks certain to pick up a 3 match ban after Manchester City decided not to contest the charge of violent conduct after his alleged stamp on Robin van Persie.
City said they “reluctantly accepted” the charge, which relates to Saturday’s Premier League clash at Eastlands.
The FA’s disciplinary committee will hear the case on Thursday and if found guilty, Adebayor will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United plus the Carling Cup tie with Fulham next Wednesday and the Premier League meeting with West Ham on 28th September.
That will leave manager Mark Hughes with a major headache ahead of the United game with Craig Bellamy as his only fit striker. Robinho, Roque Santa Cruz and Benjani Mwaruwari are all injured, while Carlos Tevez is rated extremely doubtful to face his old club.
Adebayor also faces an improper conduct charge for his goal celebration in front of the Arsenal supporters, but City have until 30th September to respond to that.
At statement on the club’s web site read:
Adebayor strongly maintains that he did not intend to act in a violent manner.
He apologised on the day to Robin van Persie personally and to the wider public for the outcome of the challenge.