Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has clarified his recent comments about the club’s fans.
The Togolese was widely reported as criticising the Spurs supporters, but he has now made it clear that he did not do so.
Adebayor took to social networking site Twitter on Thursday evening to post the following messages and give his side of the story.
I would like to clarify some recent reports in the newspapers. I have NEVER criticised Tottenham fans. I just merely suggested that it ...— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) November 11, 2014
... would be more positive if they got behind the team more. I love the club as do all the players in the dressing room. We would all do ...— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) November 11, 2014
...anything to make this team win but like most people we respond better to praise than criticism. We will get this right. Please bear ...— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) November 11, 2014
... with us and we will improve.— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) November 11, 2014
Adebayor sparked outrage about Tottenham fans following the side’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: ‘When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you, but now it's like going through a sad moment and your family isn't welcoming you home.
‘That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything, I could see that nobody wanted the ball. It's hard for the players. It's not their fault and it's not the fans' fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way.
‘But it might be better to play away because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed by the opposition. When you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder’.
It appears that Adebayor’s comments were blown out of proportion.