Soccer breakups are often just like the real thing. They can be by mutual consent it was probably for the best or they can be long, drawn out, acrimonious affairs. Just ask Emmanuel Adebayor.
Towards the end of last season, it became clear that his services would no longer be required at Arsenal and so they sold him to those upstarts on the blue side of Manchester. And Manchester City were very glad to have him. But it was never really what Adebayor wanted. Arsenal would surely be contending near the top of the Premier League and would also guarantee Champions League soccer. And so, the whole thing turned rather bitter.
It culminated on Saturday when Adebayor faced Arsenal for the first time and set about making a point. But as in all sports there are right ways and wrong ways to do that. Scoring against your old club, as Adebayor did on Saturday, is fair game. He more than proved that he could still be of value as a striker.
But subsequently running the length of the field at Manchester Citys home ground to taunt the visiting fans by sliding into the corner was the wrong thing to do. Grranted, it was in the heat of the moment, but surely at some point during his 100-yard dash, the thought of perhaps staying classy crossed his mind.
What may be worse are the allegations now brought by Robin van Persie that Adebayor deliberately stamped on him when his boot caught his face during the game.
According to the BBC, the Football Association will now investigate both incidents. But, of course, Adebayor has already absolved himself of blame:
I don't know what I have done wrong to get banned, he told the Sun. I have not heard the police or FA want to talk to me. The club have not said anything.