Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been hit with two charges by the Football Association following last weekend’s win over former club Arsenal.
Adebayor has been charged with violent conduct for his challenge on Robin van Persie and with improper conduct for his goal celebration at Eastlands.
The summer signing from Arsenal escaped punishment from referee Mark Clattenburg after appearing to stamp on Van Persie although the Dutch forward accused his former team-mate of deliberately setting out to hurt him.
Clattenburg has told the FA he did not see the incident and confirmed that, had he done so, he would have sent Adebayor off for violent conduct.
Adebayor then almost sparked angry scenes end after running the length of the field to celebrate his goal in the 4-2 victory in front of the Arsenal supporters.
The Togo international apologised for his but denied claims he had tried to hurt Van Persie.
“I was trying to kick the ball,” Adebayor told Sky Sports after the match. “I see him tackling and I don’t have time to take my feet back because I’m trying to kick the ball.
“My feet touch his head. I feel sorry for him and even straight away, and at the end of the game, I said sorry.”
If Adebayor is found guilty of violent conduct he will be handed a three-match ban that would result in him missing Sunday’s derby against Manchester United.
Adebayor has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.
“The Football Association today issued two charges against Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor following Saturday’s Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal,” said a statement issued by the FA.
“Under the fast-track disciplinary process, Adebayor has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Robin van Persie, which resulted in the Arsenal player receiving facial injuries.
“Referee Mark Clattenburg has advised the FA that he did not see this incident, but has confirmed that had he done so, he would have sent Adebayor off for violent conduct. The player has until 6pm on Wednesday evening to respond to the charge.
“Adebayor has also been charged with improper conduct following his actions when turning and running the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters after scoring.
“The Greater Manchester Police have written to The FA with their views on this incident. A separate date will now be arranged for a commission to consider Adebayor’s goal celebration.”