Last Updated: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:57
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor says he can handle abuse he receives from fans and views it purely "as a joke".
Adebayor, who has recently returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo, has managed just three goals so far this season and has not yet hit the heights of last term for Spurs.
He is likely to face flak from Arsenal fans next weekend in the north London derby when he lines up against his old club but the striker says vitriol from the stands does not affect him - because he has seen much worse.
Adebayor was part of the Togo squad that had their bus attacked by terrorists in 2010 in which three people died so abuse from fans seems to matter little to him.
"I've seen people dying in front of me," he said. "I've seen people with guns so I take 30,000 people abusing me as a joke.
"It's a part of life. I'm used to it already.
"I get a tough time but I have to keep going because it could have been worse."
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