Harry Redknapp knows Emmanuel Adebayor will get stick from Arsenal fans, but says it’s unfair.
“Emmanuel Adebayor is certain to get stick from Arsenal fans on Sunday at White Hart Lane,” he said in his column for The Sun.
“Because of the rivalry between Tottenham and the Gunners and because he used to play for them, I would not expect them to greet him with a cheery wave.
“But the level of abuse and the nature of it is something that concerns me, not just in this one game but with the viciousness with which some fans behave these days and consider it acceptable because football is ‘passionate’. What cobblers.”
Redknapp even insists that Adebayor’s full pitch length celebration two years ago was not that bad.
“Adebayor sent Arsenal fans wild with rage for scoring against his old club two years ago now,” he added.
“He ran the length of the pitch and slid on his knees in front of them in a gesture that was provocative. He apologised but what did he do that was so wrong? He had taken dogs’ abuse from the Arsenal fans all afternoon and then reacted. Scoring the goal was an immediate outlet of his frustration.
“In the end he had to say sorry. But I for one hope that he scores a couple of goals against Arsenal on Sunday.
“I won’t need to talk to him before the game to keep a lid on his emotions.
“I get sick and tired of hearing that professional footballers must be exactly that and simply take the abuse they get in the name of ‘the game’ and that when they snap as human beings and react they are instantly condemned.”
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