Adebayor blasts Spurs fans, says it would be better to play away

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is unhappy with those supporters that boo the players at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has launched a scathing attack on the club’s fans, insisting that it would be better to play away from White Hart Lane so the players are not booed by their own support.

Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Stoke City on Sunday, their fourth home defeat of the season already, sparking a furious reaction from the stands at White Hart Lane.

But Adebayor, who came on as a second-half substitute, says the atmosphere is not helping matters and claims the players are worn down by playing at home.

"Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so," he told reporters.

"At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me. And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

"I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win.

"But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.

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"Right now, to tell you the truth, I think a lot of players when they put on the shirt and go out on to the pitch are finding it hard in the head.

"Obviously I have been through a lot in life so I am used to it. It’s kind of hard when you know the first bad ball you make the fans are going to boo you.

"When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you. But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home.

"That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. At the moment I don’t know whether we should play at home or whether we should play away.

"Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball. It’s hard for the players.

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"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 at the moment.

"We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution. The quicker the better."

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