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Source: Telegraph

The altercation between Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner which compounded Arsenal's Carling Cup defeat at Spurs was the result of an on-going feud between the two players, according to a source of the squad.

Adebayor is alleged to have head-butted Bendtner in the latter stages of Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 semi-final loss at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.

The Togo international has since issued a public apology for his behaviour but it is claimed that tensions between the two strikers have been brewing behind the scenes.

"The first thing Adebayor said to Bendtner was 'I'm only on because you are so s**t'. He has been on Bendtner's case for a long time," a source says in the Sun.

"The pair do not get on and it finally boiled over on Tuesday night when Adebayor came on as a sub with the team 4-0 down.

"Bendtner ignored him, but when Adebayor said the same thing again later on, Nicklas gave Manny the finger and it all kicked off."

Bendtner's father, Thomas, meanwhile, claims his son was an innocent victim and that Adebayor was 'mad' to lose it on the pitch.

"It is sad that a great player like Adebayor doesn't take his head with him on to the field," Thomas Bendtner, who is also his son's agent, said.

"But what he did was mad and I'm sure Arsenal will take care of this matter and give him the right punishment.

"I do not expect any action to be taken against Nicklas as he was the innocent party in this matter.

"I spoke with Nicklas and he still does not know why this happened. He has no idea what provoked the incident because he didn't do anything wrong."

It is not the first time Bendtner has clashed with a team-mate having fallen out with Thomas Gravesen during training with the Denmark squad last year.

The Football Association have requested footage of the incident before deciding whether to take action against the players as referee Howard Webb did not see the full episode.

Adebayor could be hit with a three-match ban if the FA find him guilty of violent conduct, while Arsenal will deal with the matter in house.

Arsene Wenger, who claimed not to have seen the incident on the night, is thought to have watched the match again yesterday and is hoping to have the situation cleared up in time for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round visit of Newcastle.

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· Smeghead Moderator
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Adebayor makes a good point though!!! ;)

Walcott has been very disappointing too. A lot of hype surrounding him after his call up for the World Cup but he hasn't had many (if any) good games for Arsenal.

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No action against Adebayor

Source: Setanta Sports

The Football Association will not be taking any action against Emmanuel Adebayor for his clash with Nicklas Bendtner during Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final defeat to Tottenham.

The Togo striker was accused of headbutting his team-mate inside the Spurs box and the Dane then complained bitterly to captain William Gallas about the incident.

Television pictures failed to clearly show the fracas and the authorities will not be punishing the African attacker, who was sent off in last year's Carling Cup final against Chelsea.

The news will provide some relief for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who saw his side threaten to implode as their bitter rivals ran out emphatic 5-1 winners.

The Emirates outfit take on Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United in the FA Cup on Saturday.

· He wipes front to back
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adebayor seems to be going down with a case of the henrys . henry thought himself better than his team mates . adebayors goal celebrations yesterday hark back to the sulky french man too next stop barca for him then
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