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PFA chief blasts Chelsea over Gallas affair

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has criticised Chelsea for their part in the acrimonious aftermath of William Gallas' transfer to Arsenal.

Taylor described as 'totally unnecessary' the club's decision to issue a statement accusing Gallas of refusing to play and threatening to score a deliberate own goal if he was picked.

Taylor told BBC Radio Five Live on Sportsweek: 'I just don't understand why Chelsea, when everything was done and dusted (should issue the statement).

'They were even allowed an extension to the transfer deadline, Chelsea supporters knew Gallas was unhappy, a deal was done that should have suited both parties and we move on.'

Gallas finally got his wish to leave Stamford Bridge as a so-called makeweight in the deal which took England full-back Ashley Cole in the other direction.

But Taylor believes Chelsea have plenty of reasons to be grateful to Gallas, who played a major role in back-to-back Premiership titles, irrespective of their eventual falling-out.

Taylor added: 'He (Gallas) is a good professional player who has done well for Chelsea and they should be remembering the part he played in winning two championships.

'It is just in the way it all got sorted out it got very messy. It is washing your dirty linen in public and sometimes in football we do that to too great an extent.'