Arsenal's Adebayor and Eboue deny FA charges

February 28, 2007

Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue have denied Football Association charges resulting from Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Adebayor has denied a charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off in the match against Chelsea, which ended in a 2-1 defeat.

The Togo striker has requested a personal hearing, which will take place next Tuesday, while Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue has denied a charge of violent conduct, following an incident with Wayne Bridge.

The case will be heard by an FA disciplinary commission tomorrow.

The FA yesterday rejected appeals by Adebayor and Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi for wrongful dismissal.

Both were sent off for violent conduct during the closing stages of Sunday's match, along with Gunners defender Kolo Toure.

Eboue - who was not dismissed - was charged with violent conduct for striking Chelsea's Wayne Bridge.

The stoppage-time melee overshadowed what had been a fine match in Cardiff, which Chelsea won with two goals from Didier Drogba, after Arsenal had taken an early lead through Theo Walcott.