The boot room: Adebayor should have held his tongue

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Old 01-Oct-2011
The boot room: Adebayor should have held his tongue

There are times when silence is golden and Emmanuel Adebayor would do well to learn as much.
Saying he won't celebrate for Tottenham against Arsenal should he score in today's north London derby in respect of his old side is just as antagonising as doing the opposite.
It's a faux-gentlemanly act that has come far too late, with Adebayor having already run the length of the pitch to mock Arsenal fans after scoring for Manchester City in 2009, an incident still to be forgiven by fans of the Gunners.
Should he even think to emulate such ‘joy' at White Hart Lane, an area ravaged by rioting earlier in the summer, he might not get off as lightly as he did in Manchester.The wise thing to do pre-match would have been to keep quiet.
A more powerful gesture would have simply been to not do it when the chance occurred.
Mentioning it is more of a pre-match mind game from Adebayor the wind-up merchant.
Arsenal fans, now on the backfoot without Nasri and Fabregas, will take his quote not as a pacifying olive branch but a niggling dig in the ribs and a case for their players to nullify the striker using any means.
When Denis Law so famously scored for City to relegate Manchester United in 1974, he didn't court the media before or after the game. Seeing him walk away head down was the bigger message, best left unsaid — a gesture that has been remembered for decades and is held up as a textbook example of sportsmanship and respect.
Law of course had an affiliation and feeling toward the club he was condemning.
Motivated by money
But the likes of Carlos Tevez refusing to play, Adebayor cranking up the volume and Asamoah Gyan fleeing Sunderland, all typify a crop of professionals no longer motivated by a badge, but by money, recognition and fame.
The reaction of coaches worldwide in relation to the above cases is simply wasted breath. To have not commented would have been to treat these showmen with the disdain they actually deserve. Sir Alex Ferguson is only talking about Tevez's refusal to play in order to strengthen his own cause with City in disarray. Mancini speaking out about Tevez straight off the bat has prompted a PR nightmare, as did Steve Bruce's Gyan-inspired rant that the player wasn't welcome back.
The motto: If you want to be seen, stand up; if you want to be heard, speak out; but if you want to be respected, sit down and be quiet.

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