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Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrated in front of Arsenal supporters after scoring against his former club during Saturday's match. ((Jon Super/Associated Press) )

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor was slapped with a three-match ban for his stomp on former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie in last weekend's heated match, the English Football Association announced Thursday.

As a result, Adebayor will miss the derby against rival Manchester United next Sunday.

While Van Persie tackled the City striker during Saturday's clash, Adebayor appeared to kick out at the Gunners forward and caught his former teammate in the head.

Van Persie needed treatment for a cut and accused Adebayor of a "malicious stamp" after the game, which City won 4-2.

The FA banned Adebayor on a charge of violent conduct. The first game he'll miss is the clash against United, followed by a league cup game against Fulham and another league match against West Ham.

But that's not all the Togo striker could be in hot water for. Adebayor also incited violence in the stands on Saturday when he ran the length of the field and celebrated his goal in front of visiting Arsenal fans.

The FA charged him with improper conduct because of the incident, and Adebayor has until Sept. 30 to respond to that charge. He could face either a fine or another suspension.

Adebayor transferred from Arsenal to Manchester City over the summer, and the striker didn't leave the team on good terms.

United and City sit second and third in the league, respectively. The teams are level on points and sit only three back of league-leading Chelsea.

Adebayor's absence means City will head into the derby on the weekend with four of its top strikers out of the lineup.

With files from The Associated Press