Emmanuel Eboue on the Liverpool penalty decision
Written by Renzo on April 23, 2011 17:20
Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue explained he has no regrets over the penalty episode with which Liverpool won a point at the Emirates last week.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the Ivory Coast International started by explaining how important it was to play and score against Blackpool away from home adding that it is always important to acknowledge the travelling fans who follow the team in every part of the country.
Asked about the challenge on Lucas, the right-back said it was never a penalty as his job was to make sure not to allow the Liverpool player to take the ball but he stopped, went down and the referee decided to point to the spot.
On the two games against Blackpool and Liverpool, the 27-year old said:
The Blackpool game was very, very special for me. It’s very difficult to explain why [I threw my shirt and kissed the badge at the end of the game], I don’t like to talk about that because I know why I did it.
It’s not because I want the fans to like me more, no, it’s not about that. I like to do that, I know why and I want to keep it for myself. But it’s not something bad or negative, I will always think positive, I love people so I never ever think something bad about people.
The fans look for me, it’s very important to see the fans. It doesn’t matter the result, if you draw, lose or win, it’s very important to be close to the fans because when we play away they leave their place and come far to see us, so it’s very important for us to go [at them] every time at the end of the game.
[The Liverpool game?] I’m very, very strong in my mind but as I said football is like this, when it’s good everyone is with you but when it’s bad everyone will try to be away to you but it’s life, you can’t change it because life is like this.
But as I said, I know inside that I played well. I don’t like to speak about myself but I know that penalty was not a penalty. If it was a penalty I will say sorry to my friends but I know it wasn’t a penalty. I cannot do anything, I didn’t want him to take the ball in a one against one but he stopped, stopped to run and I couldn’t jump.