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Adebayor would still join Spurs

May 12, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Emmanuel Adebayor has described how chants from Tottenham fans during their Champions League semi-final against his Real Madrid team affected him.

The on loan Manchester City forward claims he did not take the chants seriously but says football fans have to realise how such chants can be hurtful.

Supporters of the North London club sang a chant which includes the line: "Your dad washes elephants, your mother's a whore'' - something which Adebayor claims is racist.

Tottenham were interested in signing him in January but Adebayor chose to move to Spain instead, but with a permanent switch to the Bernabeu unlikely the former Arsenal man says he could yet transfer to White Hart Lane.

"I heard about the chants and I felt so bad because before joining Rea Madrid, my first choice was Tottenham,'' Adebayor told BBC Football Focus. "When I heard the songs I didn't take it seriously. I didn't take it in a bad way at all but it was bad because people today have to realise that we are footballers. Today we play for this club and the next day we might end up playing for them.

"I would go there and sign for them. Maybe those fans were furious because I was scoring against them. Maybe they were thinking like that because Adebayor was taking them out of the Champions League and ending their dream of getting to the final.

"Fans have to try to control their emotions, as we do as footballers. They have to tell the fans: 'please, try to control your emotions. We are all human beings'.

"What is the point in going into a stand and singing a song that you know is racist and then going out into the street and saying to me: 'I'm not racist, come to Tottenham'.

"Football is a game. Don't get me wrong, there is money and other things in it too, but it's still only a game.''