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Gallas Reveals Shirt Frustrations

Gallas Reveals Shirt Frustrations

William Gallas has revealed that the incident that saw his shirt number given to Michael Ballack contributed to his decision to leave Chelsea.

Gallas joined Arsenal on the last day of the summer transfer window in a move that saw Ashley 'I almost crashed my Bentley' Cole move the other way.

'Even if it seems surreal, the business of the shirt shook me,' he explained.

'Nicking the No 13 shirt off me to give it to Ballack was a flagrant lack of respect. I could have honoured the last year of my contract and been free at the end of the season.'

'But that would not have been honest with Chelsea. In my head, I was no longer there.'

Upon reading Billy's quotes two things sprang immediately to mind. The first was William Gallas, a Frenchman, using the phrase 'nicking', made me chuckle, and the fact that Chelsea fans continually refer to Gallas as 'Silly Billy' when as it turns out, Chelsea don't have one single available centre back for Saturday's FA Cup tie.

Now who's the silly billy?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday January 3 2007
Time: 2:47PM


Boo Hoo. Those nasty Chelsea people took my shirt number away, even though I refused to return for pre-season training, and blackmailed them into letting me leave.
03/01/2007 15:05:00
You know the full story then TT?? Of course Maureen would never lie about a situation to suit his mercenaries.....sorry team. And Uncle Fester is as honest as the day is long.
03/01/2007 15:08:00
Do you think CFC would dare make it officially public about Gallas refusing to play and threatening to score an own goal (or simply not trying) if it were not true ? If it is not true Gallas would have to sue to protect his honour. Why hasn't he ?? Refusing to return to pre-season training is on record. Although Gallas was a fantastic player for Chelsea (and is missed as a player), every pre-season we had the same problem with him. Arsenal are welcome to him (much as I am sure Arsenal fans will say we are welcome to Ashley Cole). I think it really is time for Gallas to shut the heck up.
03/01/2007 15:20:00
What about the flip side of the coin TT. Chelsea are proven liars (Cole & Obi Mikel situations) And surely if Gallas had threatened to score and own goal he wouldn't have played in vital games such as the FA cup semi final. Gallas has always maintained his innocence and say he will reveal all when the time is right. And I believe that will be in the close season when it cant affect his football.
03/01/2007 15:26:00
The fact is that the accusations about what he did or didn't say have never been proven or disproven. Chelsea can say what the like and flaunt the rules as much as they like because as we all know a punitive fine and slap on the wrist means nothing to them. You mention that they wouldn't dare say these things if they aren't true, then where is the proof?? Surely they would need proof or he would just sue them regardless if that is his wish.
03/01/2007 15:30:00
Rocky7, "Chelsea are proven liars" ? That is quite stagering coming from the team who had to bribe their way into staying in the First Division, and totally hypocrisy of a team reporting Chelsea for tapping up one of their players, while doing the same with great regularity themseleves. I think you are widening the argument somewhat, and you may need a bigger thread.
03/01/2007 15:42:00
hatespur, if Gallas doesn't think CFC have the evidence then why doesn't he sue ?
03/01/2007 15:44:00
Gallas was going to sue, but Wenger told him to ignore Chelsea and not to bother. Of course we should believe Chelsea, the whole Rijkaard, Frisk, Leeds youngsters, Adriano, Eriksson, Gerrard, Ferdinand, Cole, Mikel, Abramovic's dirty money (ask the impoverished peoples of Siberia), Gudjohnsen incidents were all a conspiracy against Chelsea. Gallas shouldn't bother, if a five year old girl started calling you names would you sue her? No and the same applies here. Norris never bribed the football league, it was an election not based on league position and Norris persuaded the Football League that Arsenal would be more beneficial to the league than the other teams. The other sides elected to the football league did exactly the same thing. Having stayed in the league for longer than any other side and given the fact that we are the most attractive side in the league, I would say Norris was right.
Little Dutch
03/01/2007 15:51:00
And following on from Rocky's point, if Gallas threatened to score own goals, why did Chelsea not sue for breach of contract. Surely sabotage constitutes breach of contract?
Little Dutch
03/01/2007 15:52:00
"persuaded". That's an interesting choice of words. A bit like Gallas persuaded Chelsea to let him go.
03/01/2007 16:00:00
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