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Adebayor given three match ban for violent conduct

The Football Association has suspended Emmanuel Adebayor for three matches after finding the Manchester City striker guilty of violent conduct during his side's 3-1 win over Arsenal last Saturday.

The decision rules the international out of this weekend's Manchester derby, the League Cup tie with and a league match against West Ham. Despite Mark Hughes' bullish stance during the week City have decided not to appeal the ruling.

"A regulatory commission today considered the charge of violent conduct issued against Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor under the fast-track disciplinary procedure following an incident with Robin van Persie during their fixture against Arsenal on the 12 September," the FA's official statement reads.

"Taking into consideration Mr Adebayor's acceptance of the charge of violent conduct the regulatory commission have ordered that he serve a three-match suspension from all football, commencing Thursday 17 September. A separate charge of improper conduct will be considered at a later date."

Manchester City responded to the charge with their own statement: "Both the club and Emmanuel Adebayor have reluctantly accepted the violent conduct charge laid by the Football Association in the wake of the victory over Arsenal.

"The player 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. We await the findings of the FA's disciplinary panel which is due to meet tomorrow."

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