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Chelsea claim William Gallas threatened to score own goals if selected

GallasChelsea have released an incredible statement claiming William Gallas was sold to Arsenal because he threatened to score own goals if selected to play for the Blues. Gallas reportedly also threatened to get himself sent off and make deliberate mistakes.

Rumours that Bury's Chris Brass was angling for a move to the Emirates Stadium have not been confirmed! Chelsea's statement also claimed that Gallas's desire to move was motivated purely by money and not any of the reasons he had raised publicly. Click below to read the full statement.

Chelsea claim William Gallas threatened to score own goals if selected continued

"Chelsea FC believes it is important for our supporters to be made aware of the full facts regarding William Gallas and the lack of respect he showed to the fans, the manager and the club.

Despite leaving he continues to attack José Mourinho and this cannot be left unchallenged.


made William Gallas a very substantial and attractive new contract offer to stay towards the end of last season. This was rejected.

The issue was purely one of money, despite his public comments that he wanted a new challenge, to play abroad and so forth. These were just a smokescreen to cover up the fact he was hawking himself to the highest bidder.

Having failed to secure his demands, his position became increasingly intransigent and unacceptable.

He initially refused to play against


in the FA Cup semi-final last season in an effort to force an increased contract offer.

As is now well documented he refused to join up with the team in Los Angeles during pre-season, despite agreeing the dates for his return as the other World Cup players did, with the club.

When José Mourinho generously offered him a way back into the "family" after the American tour, this was thrown back in the


manager's face.

The manager told him that, even if he did not agree a new contract but returned to the "family" and abided by the rules, he would still select the best players available and would not punish him playing wise.

However despite meetings to try and resolve the problems Gallas made it clear to José Mourinho he would never play for



Before the first game of the season against



, when only four defenders were available and John Terry was doubtful with an injury, he refused to play.

He went on to threaten that if he was forced to play, or if he was disciplined and financially punished for his breach of the rules, that he could score an own goal or get himself sent off, or make deliberate mistakes.

Clearly this was a totally unacceptable situation for the manager, the team and the club.


's interests had to be protected and a solution was collectively agreed. If a satisfactory deal for


could be found, Gallas would be sold. If that did not happen it was agreed by all that Gallas would have to fulfil the terms of his contract.

Chelsea has a wage structure in place that is valued not only on the contribution of the player to the manager and the team, but also on a player’s respect for the club and contribution to the promotion and image of the club off the field. Every player is expected to play their part in this.

William Gallas rarely recognised these responsibilities. He also failed to recognise the role José Mourinho and Chelsea played in helping him become a double Premiership champion for a player whose only league title prior to that had been in the French Second Division."


September 4, 2006 in Chelsea, Funny old game, News balls | Permalink


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