Togo international Emmanual Adebayor (above, right) scored a pair of goals in Real Madrid’s 4-0 home defeat of Tottenham in the Champions League Tuesday, a match marred by the visiting supporters’ chants of “Adebayor, Adebayoooooor, his dad washes elephants, his mum is a whore”. It’s not the first time the former Arsenal striker has heard such abuse from Spurs fans, and as such, tells the Guardian’s David Hytner that racist chants are “a part of life” in his chosen profession.
“Big players better than me have tried to stop that, but it’s not easy at all,” Adebayor said. “Racist? We have done everything we can to show the red card to racism. But people are still into it.”
“Racists are always there and we can’t do anything to stop it. Samuel Eto’o and big players have spoken about it better than I do, but it’s not stopped them.”
Uefa can fine a club the minimum of £20,000 if it finds their supporters guilty of racist chanting. The Uefa match delegate has not yet reported the Tottenham fans but the governing body will keep a close eye on next Wednesday’s second leg at White Hart Lane where Adebayor could face a hostile reception, if he plays.
A Tottenham spokesman said: “The chant referred to has been previously discussed with the CPS, who do not consider it racist. We shall continue to remind our fans that we do not tolerate any form of obscene or abusive chanting.”