Olimpia forward Emmanuel Adebayor has reacted to his harsh tackle which saw him sent off on Thursday, claiming the challenge was not intentional.
The Togo international was afforded his fourth appearance since joining the Dean in their 2-1 victory against Defensa y Justicia in Thursday’s Conmebol Libertadores game.
The 36-year-old striker only featured for 72 minutes before he was given his marching orders after raising his right leg to hit the shoulder of a Dean's player as he challenged for the ball.
The forward has taken to social media to express his feelings on his side’s performance as well as his reckless challenge.
“Tough game today! What a great team spirit, and what a win boys. Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge,” he posted on Instagram.
“It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, and I am glad he is okay,”
SEA, tough game today! What a great team spirit, and what a win boys @elclubolimpia. Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge. It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, And I am glad he is okay 🤜🏾👏🏾🙏🏾⭐️❤️🤜🏾🙌🏾#GodFirst #KeepMoving #LoveMyLife #LoveMyJob #MarechalSEA #teamSEA #AfricaUnited #228Forever #25 #SEAAsuncion #Lifesgood
Adebayor starred for Metz and Monaco in France before moving to England where he enjoyed success, featuring for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
In 2017 he left for Turkey and played for İstanbul Başakşehir and Kayserispor before completing a stunning move to Paraguay last month to team up with Olimpia where he enjoyed a heroic welcome on his arrival.
The forward will hope to make an impactful showing when Olimpia square off against Sportivo Luqueno in their next league game on Saturday.