van Persie condems 'mindless and malicious' Adebayor

Last updated : 13 September 2009 By Chris Parry

"It was a mindless and malicious stamp on me. He changed the angle of his body to allow contact. He moved backwards when his natural momentum would have taken him forward. I find that deeply disrespectful. He has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans.

"I, too, have made hard and sometimes mistimed challenges, but never with the intention of hurting an opponent. He set out to hurt me. I do feel lucky I haven't suffered a greater injury. The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I haven't received an apology. There were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football.

"This has nothing to do with today's result. We do not hide from that disappointment. But I need to speak out about his behaviour."