City striker ruled out of Manchester derby
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been handed a three match ban for violent conduct as a result of challenge on Robin van Persie in the game against Arsenal last weekend.
The former Gunners man appeared to kick out at the Dutchman causing a cut just below van Persie's eye and although the referee did not spot the incident the FA acted after viewing video evidence.
The club decided not to appeal the charge but the Togo international will only miss two Fantasy League matches as City have a Carling Cup tie with Fulham which will act as one of the three games.
Adebayor will miss this Sunday's crunch derby game at Manchester United as well as a home game against West Ham meaning he will not currently be back in action until October 5.
There is still the outstanding matter of the FA charge for his goal celebration though and he potentially has a further three game ban to come pending appeal on that charge.
City have appealed the improper conduct charge but Adebayor could potentially miss games at Aston Villa, Wigan and at home to Fulham in the league.