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Should Sneaky Cig Cost Billy The Armband?

Should Sneaky Cig Cost Billy The Armband?

William Gallas is in hot water with Arsene Wenger after he was pictured, in one of the less desirable rags, today with a cigarette in his mouth.

Arsene Wenger was a revolutionary upon his arrival in England, he changed the diets and social habits of the players and turned them from drunken layabouts into uber professionals, indeed he was so strict former striker Ian Wright once said he couldn't wait to play Millwall just so he would have some bananas to eat.

So you can imagine the dim view Le Boss would take of one of his players, but not just any player, his club captain, getting caught smoking.

I do wonder however, how dim a view it will be.

In any normal aspect of life smoking, whilst considered a dirty habit, is mostly acceptable (aside from the PC brigade in the government), but amongst sporting professionals, it's a massive no no ..... at least in this day and age.

William Gallas is the captain of Arsenal Football Club, he is the mentor to many, young and impressionable players, he gets paid handsome sums of money to play at the top of his game, and his actions have let us all down.

Is Arsene Wenger willing to relieve him of his captains duties as punishment? Will he be benched? Do you think he deserves a stiff sentence?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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

Date:Friday October 24 2008
Time: 7:40PM


it never affected Luca Vialli! He puffed like a chimney!
24/10/2008 19:42:00
It doesn't affect some people Merlin ... I smoked for 15 years and was just as **** at football when I didn't smoke as when I did ... lol
24/10/2008 19:46:00
It looked like he was only holding it until his wife put her stuff away.
24/10/2008 19:48:00
I don't buy that Tom, he's the one driving the car. And it might just be my cynical side, but there is the posture of a man who knows how to smoke!!
24/10/2008 19:50:00
I think you need to calm down a bit to be honest. Rooney smokes, van Persie was caught fully blown smoking and toher players smoke. I know it is cool to dislike Gallas but give the guy a break, he wears guyliner for god sake! :D
24/10/2008 19:50:00
The papers said it wasn't lit, so it's not clear if he was technically smoking. (Hehe just so we're clear, not clutching straws.)
24/10/2008 19:51:00
I need to calm down for asking for peoples opinons on it???? And just because other players smoke that makes it ok? I'm not sure where I said I disliked Gallas either, infact I've been a big backer of his in the past. Which is why I'm all the more disapointed.
24/10/2008 19:54:00
Im not saying you are a hater, its just the "in" thing to be. Its a general comment that seems to be totally true to me. But I don't see a problem with it. He is 31, he will leave within the next two years. Of course i would rather him not smoke but it is not clear if he is or is not smoking and for all we know the fag has been drawn on.
24/10/2008 19:58:00
I guess we will find out in the next few days Tom, of Billy comes out and says he wasn't smoking then we have to take his word for it, if he says nothing then we know whats happened.
24/10/2008 20:03:00
Oh he wasn't smoking it... he just had a cigarette in his mouth. Yea right! Yes he should be punished, a nice fine should be in order.
24/10/2008 20:13:00
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