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tdr2010-05-01 08:08:53 +0000 #1

Chelsea claim Gallas threatened own goals


September 4, 2006

LONDON (AFP) - France international William Gallas threatened mutinous conduct against Chelsea as he sought an escape from Stamford Bridge, the English champions claimed.

Gallas recently joined Arsenal after a year of stating his desire to leave to manager Jose Mourinho.

And only days after he moved across London in a deal which also took Arsenal defender Ashley Cole go the other way, a Chelsea statement claims to lay bare the extent to which Gallas would have gone if not granted his wish to leave.

Chelsea claim Gallas initially refused to play against Liverpool in last season's FA Cup semi-final and how, if selected to play against Manchester City in the first game of this season, he threatened to score an own goal, get sent off or make deliberate mistakes.

The statement read: "Chelsea believes it is important for our supporters to be made aware of the full facts regarding William Gallas and the lack of respect he showed to the fans, the manager and the club.

"Despite leaving he continues to attack Jose Mourinho and this cannot be left unchallenged.

"Chelsea made William Gallas a very substantial and attractive new contract offer to stay towards the end of last season. This was rejected.

"The issue was purely one of money, despite his public comments that he wanted a new challenge, to play abroad and so forth. These were just a smokescreen to cover up the fact he was hawking himself to the highest bidder.

"Having failed to secure his demands, his position became increasingly intransigent and unacceptable.

"He initially refused to play against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final last season in an effort to force an increased contract offer.

"As is now well-documented he refused to join up with the team in Los Angeles during pre-season, despite agreeing the dates for his return as the other World Cup players did, with the club."

The statement continued: "Before the first game of the season against Manchester City, when only four defenders were available and John Terry was doubtful with an injury, he refused to play.

"He went on to threaten that if he was forced to play, or if he was disciplined and financially punished for his breach of the rules, that he could score an own goal or get himself sent off, or make deliberate mistakes.

"Clearly this was a totally unacceptable situation for the manager, the team and the club. So a collectively-agreed solution in Chelsea's interests had to be found, hence his departure."

Much of Chelsea's statement will explain why Mourinho called on the player to make public the reasons why he was not being considered for selection by the club.

Mourinho asked the player to hold a press conference before he was sold to Arsenal on deadline day.

What do you guys think about this?

I think that Gallas was unproffesional and that Chelsea should have kept him but suspended him without pay, untill he changed his mind.

femi_62010-05-01 08:20:16 +0000 #2
i think its funny arsenal will be better with him
juanca2010-05-01 08:21:08 +0000 #3



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