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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?




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 3 2007

Time: 2:47PM

Your Comments

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.
TT
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.
hatespur
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.
TT
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.
Rocky7
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.
hatespur
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.
TT
hatespur, if Gallas doesn't think CFC have the evidence then why doesn't he sue ?
TT
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
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
"persuaded". That's an interesting choice of words. A bit like Gallas persuaded Chelsea to let him go.
TT
Is persuasion not what the electoral process is based on? The same way Tony Blair "persuaded" the British poublic to vote for him as Prime Minister (shudders). It was an open election, league position was not an issue. Arsenal were elected. The people of Siberia did not democratically vote for their wealth to be stolen, but that's another point.
Little Dutch
And has already been put to you TT, do you honestly believe that a egocentric lunatic like Maureen would have played him continually after such a threat?
hatespur
" Chelsea don't have one single available centre back for Saturday's FA Cup tie. Now who's the silly billy?" classic quote classic rocky, and how right you are, but what chelsea fans should be asking is, is it kenyons or mourinho's fault and i think you will find the answer in that is KENYON.. the muppet was left on the last day of the transfer window, selling Huth , then Gallas with Cole and that was at 11pm and who else could he sign in 1 hour.. it is why Mourinho was left fuming at the sale of Gallas, it is why they have NO Centre backs for Saturday, and come saturday night, it is why chelsea will probably not be in the 4th round. blame kenyon
PUREGOLD
From Kenn Emetula: " For those who do not know, Arsenal were the original moneybag-footballers, all down to their own version of Abramovich (but a not-so-very-honourable one). In 1910, Henry (not the Frenchman), but Sir Henry Norris, the wealthy property developer took hold of Arsenal which had gone into liquidation. Nine years later, Sir Henry used money and bribery to catapult Arsenal into the newly-expanded First Division (today’s Premier League), even though by right and result, Arsenal did not qualify since they finished fifth in the Second Division! The old scoundrel, Sir Henry Norris was quickly driven out of football after being found guilty of some financial irregularities six years later; but Arsenal is still enjoying the proceeds of his crime till this day, because since that “promotion” to the top, Arsenal has never been relegated. So, rather than celebrate such feat, they should be worried that one day football fans all over the world may demand justice by suggesting that Arsenal go back to the Second Division, where it belongs to properly fight for and secure genuine promotion as normal football clubs do ! "
TT
I wonder if we'd average 8,000 like Chelsea did.
hatespur
Ld, I think you missed Arnesen on your list of scandals Chelsea bought themselves out of.
hatespur
I don't consider the ramblings of one bloke evidence. I will repeat again, as you seem a little slow. Following WW1, the football league expanded and invited clubs to apply for a place in the football league, the league placings of four years previous were not taken into consideration. Arsenal were elected, Tottenham were not. Funny how in the ensuing 94 years nobody has been able to provide a shred of proof that any bribery took place. You ignored my earlier question, if Gallas threatened to score own goals, why didn't Chelsea sue him for breach of contract?
Little Dutch
TT, maybe you should read more... t has been alleged that Arsenal's promotion, on historical grounds rather than merit, was thanks to underhand actions by the then Arsenal chairman, Sir Henry Norris (see History of Arsenal F.C. (1886-1966) for more details). These allegations range from political machinations to outright bribery; no firm proof has ever been offered. A detailed account of what is known can be found in Spurling, Jon (2004). “Chapter Two: Sleaze and the Tory MP”, Rebels for the Cause: The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club. Mainstream. ISBN 0-575-40015-3. A more speculative account is available from: How Arsenal got promoted in 1919. Unofficial Emirates Stadium webpage.
PUREGOLD
'A not-so-very-honourable' version of Abramovich...is this a joke.
hatespur
hatespur, your reference to 8,000 supporters: There are only 5 teams who have a higher 'All time League Attendance average record' than Chelsea. Arsenal are in 4th by less than 600 ahead of CFC (Spurs are in 3rd, Liverpool 2nd, and Manchester United 1st). All of the other so-called big clubs with their big support are all below Chelsea.
TT
And how do you see that list progressing for the Gunners over the next ten years? It's almost like we play twice as many home games as Chelsea eh!!
Rocky7
TT can you please tell me the verdict in the case of Lineker vs Kewell. Kewell tried to sue Lineker because of accusations made against him and his agent. At the end of the day your manager was on TV last night (looking worse for wear) and he blamed himself and the club at no statge did he mention Gallas. If you want to have 300 midfielders and 3 centre backs thats your choice, If you want a £30 million veteran forward thats also your choice. CFC the only club in world history to spend nigh on half a billion pounds and still have an unbalanced squad!
iceman10
Rocky7, and long may your fine home record continue at your lovely new stadium. If Spurs hadn't mysteriously all gone down with food poisoning for the last game of the season (the only game in the season which cannot be posponed) then you may not have been in the CL this season, which could have made it considerably more difficult for you to pay your bills.
TT
well said iceman, but i wouldn't hold mourinho to blame, i think his hands were tied with the buying of sheva,ballack and cole.. it was his bosses that wanted those 3, and kenyon has a bigger ego than mourinho, and hey no surprise they have already lined up a replacement for mourinho just incase he throws his dolly;s out of the pram, surprise surprise
PUREGOLD
TT I hear Mourinho doesnt buy 250k aston martins for £1 million, please explain Shevchenko then? He aint even an aston martin more like a Skoda. Hows Brito's training coming along?
iceman10
and TT Id rather not pay our bills and go out of exsitence than steal money and food from poor orphan children.
iceman10
iceman10, OK, I have to conceed that one "CFC the only club in world history to spend nigh on half a billion pounds and still have an unbalanced squad!". That made me smile, and unfortunately true. Gallas staying at Chelsea was never an option in the end, as Gallas made sure that it wasn't. We could either sell him and get some money, or let him rot in the reserves. Even though Chelsea could afford to let him rot if they wished it did not make sense to have a disruptive influence around the club, and using him in the Ashley Cole deal was probably the only way the deal was going to get done. So, we both got rid of a player who didn't want to be at the club. We got the better financial deal (by a long way), but you got the better footballer. I don't think Schevchenko is exactly over the hill when he has just turned 30, but I agree he has been a dissapointment (but how long did it take for Henry and Drogba to settle in the Premier?). Letting Huth go when we lost Gallas was a mistake, but we would not be missing Terry so much if that nice Mr Hunt had not decided to stick his knee into the side of Petr Cech's head (and then run away laughing).
TT
TT - once again you have only served to prove that you believe everything you read in the red tops. It has been scientifically proved that The Spurs players did NOT have food posioning but a bug due to bad hygene in the Spurs camp. And there was only two players who had sickness and dihoreaha and not the 10 as reported by Spurs.
Rocky7
I agree Drogba and Henry took time to settle but both were at an age where they were only going to get better, Unless Shevchenko has a good 2nd half of the season he will be on his way to being the biggest flop this country has ever seen as I dont see him getting better at his age.
iceman10
Gallas was going to go this year one way or another, unfortunately, for us, his strongest suitor, Juve, got caught breaking the rules and were relegated. Not fancying the idea of Serie B football, and not wanting to join the infirm in Madrid he wandered up to north London. Our loss, your gain, wish he were still with us. But really, do any of you really think Chelsea could have sued him for breach of contract? Get real, do you think all Chelsea staff walk around tape recording all of their conversations? You need real proof to sue successfully and all of this would be considered "hearsay" in a court of law. I just wish he would shut up, one day you might also come to say the same thing, believe it or not!
Westl
Gallas looks more smarter and cool in the red and white than the blue. He definitely made the right choice under the prevailing conditions at the time.
SWPACIFIC
TT - doesn't tapping up a player make Chelsea cheats? If so, how can we believe anything they say - i.e. we have every reason to believe they have lied about Gallas' ending at the club. And Roman is a TAX cheat to boot. Say's a lot for the club ha.
Snapper
TT Henry scored 26 goals in his first season for Arsenal. didn't take him much time to settle here..
luckys_10
and Westl even if we might say the same thing one day, we wont go on Arsenal.com like it is a gossip website and make a mockery of our club like your boss and chairman did..
luckys_10
Lucky, when Man U come to The Bridge there is a chant that goes "If you hate Kenyon stand up!" Not many people stay in their seats. The sooner we are rid of him the better!
Westl
on the subject of aston martins, i think mourinho has been ripped off again, you can buy them brand new alot less then 250K, infact under 100k last time i looked ! does the man know any meaning of the word value ?
PUREGOLD
 

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