By Sportsmail Reporter Last updated at 6:15 PM on 16th September 2009
Comments (0) Add to My Stories Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has criticised the role of Arsenal fans in Emmanuel Adebayor’s controversial goal celebration for Manchester City last weekend.
Adebayor sprinted the length of the field after scoring against his former club, leading to a Football Association charge over the scenes.
‘I’ve got no time for people kicking anybody or being violent on the football pitch and he was wrong to run the length of the field,’ Redknapp said. ‘But it’s very difficult when you’re getting abuse throughout the game like he was.
Flash point: Emmanuel Adebayor’s controversial goal celebration
‘It’s not celebrating a goal that cause riots, it’s idiots who want to start riots. If I had been standing there and we had been giving him grief all game and he did that, I would probably say ‘fair play’.’
Redknapp was abused by fans after crossing the divide and joining Southampton after a spell at Portsmouth – and he cannot understand the mentality of some fans.
‘Adebayor went over the top but, at the same time, he was getting a lot of abuse from the fans for the whole afternoon,’ he said.
Perplexed: Harry Redknapp cannot understand some fans’ aggressive mentality
‘What did he do really? Run back and go like that, saying he scored. I’m not saying it’s right but if you can’t go near the away fans when you score because you’ll cause a riot…’
He added: ‘Why do people need to shout abuse and cause riots? Why can’t they just watch a game of football? I don’t understand it. There’s no need for it and there must be something wrong with you if you want to do that.’
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