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What If Owen Ran To Liverpool Fans After Scoring?

Robin van Persie - playing for the Eternal Victims of Bullying - tried to take out his former teammate Emmanuel Adebayor, now playing for Citeh, with a disgraceful tackle. His former teammate, determined not to be outdone, attempted to stamp on his head for which he'll probably get a hefty ban which he fully deserves - it was quite possibly the single most dangerous thing he could have done.

However, it's his celebration that's interesting here. Adebayor ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans who's been showering him with abuse throughout the 90 minutes. I think the Arsenal fans may complain about Adebayor's less-than-committed performances of last season but they do not have grounds for vilifying him because of the celebration.

Because, let's face it, when someone gets abused it's natural that he responds if his self-control and discipline isn't bordering on the superhuman. It was petty and childish, yes, but I guess a lot of City fans loved it. And even if they didn't, they would love if Tevez did the same at Old Trafford.

And that's my point. Owen would be widely condemned if he did the same at Anfield - after all, he would show no respect to the club which nurtured him, which made him the footballer he once was. Well, sort of true. But the fans will certainly hurl insult upon insult on him, just as Wayne Rooney received death threats in the past from Everton fans. If Owen scores at Anfield and runs to the Liverpool fans to celebrate, every United fan will love that. Just as we loved Rooney kissing the badge at Goodison Park when he gave us the lead in April 2007, because we heard all the abuse he'd been getting.

As for provoking a riot and inflaming the crowd... well, the crowd should grow up instead of throwing objects onto the pitch and clashing with each other just because some multi-millionaire happens to celebrate a little too wildly.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 14 2009

Time: 10:07AM

Your Comments

First of all thanks for writing an article on this issue,its a very sensitive one but for me Adebayor did no wrong and thats just my view.If the fans can't take what adebayor did,then they have no right to dish out any insults towards him.Yes he could have managed this incident way better but the same could be said about the fans as well plus we all our different in the way we react to things.
Antriksh (abmtd)
I dont think you are making the right comparison. Of course Man U fans wouldnt mind Owen winding up iverpool fans. What if Ronaldo scored a goal for Real Madrid against you and then ran the length of the pitch to taunt your fans. Somehow I dont think you would like it .
He wont score because hes past it
gooner303,I may react in the same way if ronaldo ever did that and at that moment I may even feel good or I might feel that my actions are justified but the fact will still remain the same that I should have conducted myself in a much better way and there comes a time when both the players and the fans should draw a line on these things.
Antriksh (abmtd)
first of all ronaldo is 2 goals in 2 apps for that is my response to the stupid comment by huddersfieldyiddo.... i think what adebayor did is not right....r u truely trying to tell me that one of our former players who made his name on our grounds who chose to turn his back on us and go to a direct rival comeback and score and on top of all that run to ur face to taunt u...more than once i might add in the case of adebayor...i think the fans are the ones who have the execuse not ade...if i were an arsenal fan (thank god i'm not) i would have reacted the same way....hay i'm a united fan and i found his attitude completely disgusting... the stamping incident is awhole nother issue....he should be banned for 6 months...he could have ended van persie career and more importantly blinded him...
If there is one thing that I've learned,it is that football can really bring a totally different person out of u,a person that u may never-ever see in other times but when the tension is rising,it can shock quite a few people around u and it has surely happened with me,especially with the macheda goal,just for a few moments I was anything but me.
Antriksh (abmtd)
ibrahiy-I don't think yiddo was taunting ronaldo, I guess it was owen.
Antriksh (abmtd)
oh i see thx antriksh
sorry hudders
also wanted to make sure its throwing stuff on the field or even trying to get on the field is wrong and should be punished....but i find it unbelievable that ppl like hughes, ade and city fans that claim he did no wrong...just something silly.... especially after he saw the reaction for what he did the first time, he taunts them again at the end of the game....why would any decent human being do that... ade is a disgrace to humanity....he shouldn't be allowed to play football
I dont think what Adebayor done was right but lets look at it from his perspective, the arsenal fans taunted him, said they hated him and didnt really appreciate him can you really blame him for wanting to get one back over the fans. But. What he done to Van Persie was sickening, there was no justifying it.
One United 92
First of all I would like to start off by saying I think Zea has an obsession with all things Liverpool, in the last month he has written 4 articles about Liverpool even if they have nothing to do with ManU. I’m really starting to think he is a closet Liverpool supporter, with such great articles as “Liverpool are champions again”, “Liverpool are the comeback kings- against 10 men”, Title favs Liverpool write off their chances early and now”, and now “What if Owen ran to Liverpool fans after scoring?” its clear that he thinks more about Liverpool then ManU, haha what a loser. Now to the point at hand, I think Ade is a disgrace to football and his attitude sucks a** and he should be suspended 3 games for kicking a former teammate in the face, however saying that the fact that he ran to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans was fine with me. Player get abused all game long and we expect them to “get on with it” and when a player teases fans and gets a response from the fans it’s the players fault. In my opinion fans need to stay off the pitch and player can celebrate however they like as long as they don’t get into the stands (I’m looking at you Cantona) and fans can tease a player however they like as long it’s not racist (I’m looking at you Spurs).

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