Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa has hit back at Emmanuel Adebayor after he accused the Spaniard of helping him get sent off.
Adebayor was dismissed for a second bookable offence during Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool following a clash with Arbeloa.
The Togo striker accused Arbeloa of acting like he "had put a knife in him" after going down under Adebayor's challenge.
Arbeloa has rejected Adebayor's claims that he is a diver and says the Gunners hit-man has no-one to blame but himself for getting sent off.
"Adebayor is a player who uses his arms and elbows when he is playing and ususally that means a foul," Arbeloa told the Daily Star.
"I had nothing to do with the sending-off. I don't feel like it was my fault, it was what Adebayor did.
Professional"I am a professional and I would never play-act to get someone sent off.
"I do not want to get involved in any controversy with Arsenal, but I received a blow in the face and a foul and if the ref then shows a yellow card that is not my problem."