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Adebayor issues a public apology to his teammates for derby sending off

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Adebayor has publicly apologised to his Tottenham teammates for his challenge on Santi Cazorla that resulted in his sending off during the North London derby at the Emirates. The Togolese striker seemed to have had a moment of madness as he lunged into the Spaniard with studs showing just minutes after opening the scoring against Arsenal.

In a statement released to the Sun, he said, “I completely understand my sending off changed the entire outcome of the game and I whole-heartedly apologise to my team-mates, the manager and all the Tottenham fans for letting them down,"

The player later went onto add that his tackle was in no way malicious.

Interestingly though Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas went on record to say that his striker had no reason to apologise. The Portuguese shared that if his team could have mustered an early goal in the second half to cut the two-goal half time deficit, they would have had a real chance to grab the win.

Adebayor’s sending off was the major turning point in the game as Tottenham’s initial spark fizzled out after his departure. The former Gunner clearly recognises the gravity of his error and his apology, was quite sincere.

Despite the defeat, Spurs are still very much in the race for 4th place, a position currently occupied by this season's surprise package West Bromwich Albion. Spurs have slipped to 8th place after three successive defeats in the league, and AVB will have to conjure up some magic to get his team reinvigorated if he is to stop the slide.