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Grant's Turn To Apologise

Grant's Turn To Apologise

In the wake of Ashley Cole's knee high tackle on Alan Hutton this week, Avram Grant appeared to come down with a touch of the Arsene Wenger's by claiming he had not seen the incident in question. Though 24 hours later Grant was fulsome in his praise for Cole's smirking apology. (Which he was in NO way forced to do by the Chelsea hierachy, the fact that he gave the apology on Chelsea TV was just coincidence, they were the only ones with cameras readily available when Cashley had his sudden attack of conscience).

Grant lauded Cole and his new found sense of responsibility, 'First you need to give credit to Ashley because he behaved like a mature guy,' said Grant.
'He saw what he did the day afterwards and he apologised himself. Nobody pushed him to apologise and you need to give credit to him about that.
'He made a tackle and he realised he needed to apologise about that and his behaviour. It is the first time he's done that kind of thing and he apologised.' (I was at a game away at Leicester City in 2003 and I can tell you it's not the first time Cole has done this).

Grant went on to produce a thinly veiled attack on Emmanuel Eboue, when John Terry broke his foot by kicking Eboue's studs, 'Someone sent our captain to hospital for a few days and then he didn't play for a few weeks, I don't want to mention names, but they didn't apologise. Ashley has taken responsibility and apologised and I am giving him credit for it.' However, having rifled through the vaults from the fall out of that game in December, I found this contradictory quote from Salomon Kalou, 'He (Eboue) said he tried to block the ball and it was not on purpose. He said sorry to John. He didn't mean to do it, but to apologise was a nice thing to do.'

In light of this, I await Mr. Grant's apology for incorrectly slurring Eboue's character. (Let's face it, Eboue does a decent job of slurring his own character at times). Now unfortunately, there were no TV cameras or suited press men around for Eboue's apology, he made it to the player in person. A club of unedifying principle like Chelsea will of course see the error of diagnosis and offer a full apology. (Once their owner arrives home from his alleged business trip to Zimbabwe). After all, Mr. Grant was insistent on Thursday that, 'I tell my players all the time to take responsibility about what they do.' Indeed Mr. Grant, you will no doubt be as good as your word in offering Eboue and apology.LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Saturday March 22 2008
Time: 2:00PM


Oooh, Grant's attack must've thrown Arsenal out of balance. How will you cope with this mental pressure?
22/03/2008 14:17:00
Hopefully, in much the way Barnsley did...................
Little Dutch
22/03/2008 14:20:00
What a silly comment from Grant. He would have been better off saying nothing at all rather than excuse Coles actions just because he said sorry and then referring to an unrelated incident as some sort of justification. Whatever words you might choose to accurately describe Cole 'mature' isn't ever going to be one of them
22/03/2008 14:21:00
I think Eboue needs to make a public apology. Should be a good game tomorrow!
22/03/2008 14:24:00
We're gonna have an interesting game sunday. There's everything it. Pervert ,cheater ,ga...Agressive, and that's just Ashley Cole. There is also Mr.T(in Gallas's case, T stands for Temper-tantrums). Mamita's boy Fabregas, The man of steel, the man who cheats so much he breaks steel, Adebay-Samson, Arjen Robben, Uncle Fester, Stevie Wenger, Lex Luthor watchin from the sands, I could go on...
22/03/2008 14:30:00
The only people Eboue needs to say sorry to is the Arsenal fans.
22/03/2008 14:31:00
Eboue didn't need to makea public apology, he clearly had his eyes closed and wasn't looking at Terry, JT kicks the bottom of his foot, it was unfortunate, but if you want to intentionally hurt someone,I don't even think a player as sly as Eboue would do it by enticing someone to kick the ball and follow through onto the bottom of his foot.
Little Dutch
22/03/2008 14:31:00
And I'm gonna be there Kev, so you can add sex appeal and undeniabe charisma to the melting pot.
Little Dutch
22/03/2008 14:32:00
Hey LD, good catch! I also vaguely remembered Eboue did apologise to JT, who btw did not apologise to Cesc for his terrible challenge that could have had the same effect as Eboue's either. But let's be 100% clear and I'm being cynical here: Avram Grant said "I don't want to mention names" so technically he's not slagging Eboue lol. Maybe he did know about Eboue's apology and cleverly tried to spin it that way in his attempt of mind game ahead of the game? lol
Lou the Gunneress
22/03/2008 14:36:00
I fear Avram Grant. Not for his obvious tactical wisdom and undeniable talent for substitutions. He looks like a vampire.
22/03/2008 14:40:00
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