Chelsea legend: Horrifying Arsenal fans like caged animals

13 September 2009

Former Chelsea, Aston Villa and Marseille striker Tony Cascarino has slammed the travelling Arsenal fans following their chaotic reaction to Emmanuel Adebayor’s enthusiastic goal-scoring celebration at Manchester City’s Eastlands Stadium on Saturday. The Togo international raced 100 yards to slide on his knees in front of his former supporters and was confronted with a barrage of abuse and several thrown objects.

Writing in The Times, player-turned-pundit Cascarino believes the Gunners fanatics should take responsibility for their part in the drama and that media attention shouldn’t focus on the emotional behaviour of Adebayor:

"Arsenal fans' abuse of Adebayor was horrifying.

“I’m not condoning Emmanuel Adebayor’s provocation of the Arsenal fans, but it looked as if many of them wanted to rip the striker’s head off just for celebrating in front of them.

“They were like caged animals. Adebayor’s getting all the blame but would it really have been totally his fault if a full-scale riot had developed?”