Adebayor says sorry with signed shirt


SOCCER NEWS ROUND-UP:EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has arranged to send a signed shirt to the steward who was hurt during Manchester City’s defeat of Arsenal after the goal celebration that has left the striker facing Football Association sanctions.

The steward was struck on the head when Arsenal’s supporters threw missiles after Adebayor ran the length of the pitch to goad them, having scored the third City goal in a 4-2 win.

City have since established that, contrary to the initial reports from the police, the steward was not knocked unconscious and was able to continue work after he received medical treatment. He was, however, “badly dazed” and Adebayor has asked the club to send a shirt with a note expressing his regret.

The gesture is intended as an indication that he is genuinely remorseful for his behaviour as he braces himself for a minimum three-match ban, with the FA planning to charge him today with violent conduct for his clash with Robin van Persie, and a further charge of improper conduct for the manner in which he deliberately antagonised Arsenal’s fans.

Liverpool have agreed a new sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank. The agreement, which runs from July 2010 through to the end of the 2013-14, represents the biggest commercial deal in the club’s history and is believed to be worth up to €90 million over the four-year period.

Liverpool’s managing director Christian Purslow said: “The deal would help to get plans for a new stadium back under way.”

Everton captain Phil Neville damaged knee ligaments in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham and could face a “lengthy lay-off”, the club have confirmed.

Neville sustained the injury following a second-half challenge with Fulham’s Dickson Etuhu.

Park Ji-sung has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until 2012.