'Walk Off The Pitch If You Are Racially Abused'- Adebayor
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Togolese International Emmanuel Adebayor has joined the call for players to walk off the pitch if they suffer racial abuse.

The Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker said it is too late for The FA to tackle the problem.

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The Former Africa Footballer of the year suffered racist abuse at the hands of Arsenal fans after he joined City from north London in 2009 which prompted his infamous knee-slide celebration in front of the travelling fans at the Etihad nearly a decade ago.

However, the 35-year-old was fined £25,000 and handed a suspended two-match ban by The FA for that celebration in 2009, and says it is now too late for them to tackle the problem.

In recent times, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are among those leading the fight against racism in English football, but while the former saying walking off the pitch would mean admitting defeat, Adebayor says leaving the pitch is the only effective way to react.

“This is the thing,” he told the Daily Mail. “And it is why I have not said anything about racism the past few weeks. When I celebrated, the FA fined me, they punished me. Nothing happened to the Arsenal fans. So it [racism] started with me and long before me.

“I remember getting to the stadium and Arsenal fans were there. All I heard was the chant ‘Your mother is a w**** and your father washes elephants.’ My father worked in currency exchange and my mother is a businesswoman. But this went on and on. So how can I reply? I didn’t have a voice to go against thousands of supporters.

“And now the same FA are trying to stop racism? I’m sorry. It does not work that way. Today is too late. We are tired. Enough is enough. I see Mario Balotelli and Didier Drogba on Instagram. How many times do we have to post something? We have to react. We have to leave the pitch.”