Date: 5th September 2006 at 9:20am
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Currently training with the French squad, Gallas has issued a statement in response to Chelsea attempt to improve their reputation as corporate low-lifes. He proves to be eloquent and concise, avoids the same type of sniping and like the rest of us is more shocked with the fact that they have done this rather than what they actually said.

William Gallas has denied Chelsea’s claims that he threatened to score an own-goal, if he was selected by the club.

The France international finally ended his spell with The Blues on Thursday’s transfer deadline day, as he moved to London rivals Arsenal as part of a deal that saw left back Ashley Cole head to Stamford Bridge.

In a surprise move, which The Blues claim was to inform supporters regarding their reasons for selling Gallas to The Gunners, the Premiership champions claim he refused to play against Liverpool in last season’s FA Cup semi-final.

They also state that the 29-year-old threatened to score an own goal, get sent off or make deliberate mistakes if Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho opted to select him.

Gallas, however, rejected Chelsea’s claims and accused the West Londoners of having a lack of class and ‘hiding behind false accusations’.

‘I am surprised and shocked by these remarks,’ Gallas said. ‘I never said that I would score an own goal.

‘I was very firm in my will to leave, that is clear, and I will explain at the appropriate time why.

‘If people want to hide behind these eccentric charges to explain my departure instead of assuming their responsibilities in front of their supporters, then they can do.

‘But I am not sure that it misleads many people. I spent five years at Chelsea. During those five years, I always gave my best and showed how much I was honoured to wear the shirt.

‘All this is very, very petty on behalf of Chelsea. But at the same time, coming on behalf of its new leaders, that does not surprise me.

‘Even if Chelsea has much money, its new leaders lack class.’

The head of the nail has been firmly hit.


24 Replies to “Gallas Hits Back”

  • Firmly hit indeed. Gallas is a quality player, he will do very well at Arsenal, his playing style suits you.

  • Does anyone actually believe that he threatened to score an own goal and get himself off to the self proclaimed special one, who in turn still plays him in the F.A Cup semi-final??? Absolute rubbish, and just another example of the lack of humility and class currently occupying Stamford Bridge.

  • Have you considered the possibility that he didn’t want to be associated with your grubby little club anymore which has in recent times acted as though they are not subject to the same rules as the rest of us, has scant regard for young talented footballers who sit warming the bench, has a manager whose egomania will ultimately cause the team to implode and whose corporate bosses has the ethical fibre of Attila the hun? Are any of these reasons ringing any bells?

  • Mikeyblue, can you HONESTLY say that you are happy with the classless way that your club is being run?? I know many Chelsea fans who aren’t.


  • Does it occur to you that the nature of the claims made by Chelsea are such that they would never have been made unless Chelsea could back them up? You might be blinded by the idea that, since he’s an Arsenal player, Gallas must (by definition) be an honourable person. The truth is that he spent his last year at Chelsea dumping on the club and indulging in increasingly unedifying antics.

  • Why is it that some people think that if they write in CAPITALS it is the same as shouting? We do realise what we have signed, I am practically salivating at the prospect of having the best central defensive partnership in the league.

  • It does occur to me that these comments may have been made in a hissy fit type of way in a private conversation with his employers. If I asked my boss for a pay rise and he told me that I wouldn’t be getting what I asked for there may be a few frank words spoken in the heat of the moment which should remain private. As I said before, if Moaninho believed in any way that Gallas would do this he wouldn’t have donned a Chelsea shirt again.

  • EuroBlue, could you please go and find Gallas’ statistics for your club last year. I am not sure, but I think you guys did alright with him in the team. Maybe I’m wrong?

  • All Gallas wanted to do was leave. And after Josie Moaninho most admirable and gallant statment about never keeping a player at Chelsea against his will, why was he prevented from getting his transfer, and why did the classiest of classiest manager say he wanted to keep Gallas so he could let him rot on the Chelsea bench??I’m not sure I can see what Gallas has done wrong.

  • I have to admit that I don’t think Gallas has exactly acted with dignity the way he perpetrated the move. But, Chelsea have acted deploringly in response to him leaving and have yet again proved why nobody in the G14 wants to allow them to join.

  • I think we all expect a higher degree of morality from the clubs as opposed to individual players. No-one is saying Gallas is an angel, but Chelsea Football club could have handled this with more class and dignity. They have preferred to engage themselves in a public brawl in the manner of a common street drunk. They have shown exactly the ‘lack of moral leadership’ that Wenger so pertinently commented on last season.

  • Chelsea have NO class or dignity…they are the chavs of English football and sign anyone who is well known. From the coaching staff to the PR team…they are totally classless.

  • ‘Even if Chelsea has much money, its new leaders lack class.’ To me, this statement just pretty much sums up the entire petty saga.

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