Emmanuel Adebayor received his marching orders for new club Olimpia after he briefly swapped football for martial arts.
The former Tottenham striker went in with a flying ‘karate kick’ while playing for the Paraguayan outfit against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores, his foot went far too high as he went to challenge for the ball.
Adebayor, who played in the Premier League for over a decade, joined the 11th club of his career when he signed for Olimpia in February, and has since failed to find the back of the net.
In the 72nd minute of the game, the 36-year-old is seen going in for an aerial challenge but appears to have his eyes completely fixated on the ball and oblivious to the Justicia player that is standing in front of him.
He lunged in recklessly and sent his right leg up high with both feet off the ground. He made contact with the player’s shoulder and was lucky not to kick him in the face, with the opposition star stumbling over and wincing in agony.
Adebayor realised his mistake immediately and began to hold his hands up, but he was afforded no sympathy as the referee sent him for an early bath.
In a Twitter post after the game, Adebayor admitted his tackle was a ‘Jackie Chan’ challenge but stressed he never intended any harm on the player in question.
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