Adebayor escapes further ban

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has escaped an extra ban for his controversial goal celebration against his former club Arsenal. The Togo international received a suspended two-match ban and a fine of £25,000.

Adebayor is currently serving a three-match ban for violent conduct for his tackle on former teammate Robin van Persie during City's 3-2 win over Arsenal at Eastlands. The 25-year-old striker admitted to a charge of improper conduct for his goal celebration and the FA decided to take into account the actions of Arsenal fans during the game.

'In reaching its decision the Commission took into account his admission of the charge, public apology and the extremely provocative nature of the abuse he received,' the FA's official statement reads.

'However, the commission also stated that players have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a proper manner and that such celebrations are unacceptable and have the potential to cause a serious public order incident.'

The ruling means that Adebayor will be available for City's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Monday with his two-match ban only coming into force if the 25-year-old breaches FA rules before December 2010.

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