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Man City striker Adebayor escapes another ban

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  • Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been fined $40,000 by FA
  • Adebayor also receives a suspended ban for goal celebration against Arsenal
  • He already served three-match suspension for violent conduct in same match
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(CNN) -- Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been fined £25,000 ($40,000) for his controversial goal celebration against his former club Arsenal, but only received a suspended two-match ban -- partly due to fans provoking him.

Adebayor celebrates in front of the Arsenal fans during Manchester City's 4-2 victory last month.

Adebayor celebrates in front of the Arsenal fans during Manchester City's 4-2 victory last month.

Adebayor has already served a three-match suspension for violent conduct on former team-mate Robin van Persie in a separate incident during City's 4-2 victory last month.

However, there was the possibility of further action after he sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of visiting fans following his headed goal.

It is understood the Togo striker admitted a charge of improper conduct to an English Football Association regulatory commission hearing. His admission was taken into account, as was the conduct of Arsenal fans.

"In reaching its decision the commission took into account his admission of the charge, public apology and the extremely provocative nature of the abuse he received," read an FA statement.

"However, the commission also stated that players have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a proper manner and that such celebrations are unacceptable and have the potential to cause a serious public order incident."

Arsenal fans have been criticized for personal abuse of Adebayor after he left them in the summer and the player felt he was a scapegoat for supporters during his final days at the Emirates Stadium.

The 25-year-old is now available for City's Premier League clash at Aston Villa on Monday as his two-match ban will only be activated if there is a similar breach of FA rules before December 2010.

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