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As it happens, JT was given the go ahead by Avram Grant. it was McCretins decision not to risk him. Not sure about A. Cole, but the point remains the same. This is just some old has been (or hardly ever was when he wore a blue shirt) spouting off in an attempt to curry favour with the idiot media. Maybe he's after a regular spot on MOTD alongside Lawrenson.

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I find it somewhat hypocritical for Petit to criticise others of "thinking of themselves". If my memory serves me right, didn't Petit think only of himself and opt out of playing for Chelsea in Israel some years ago? A few other players also opted out, resulting in an early exit from Europe for Chelsea.

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At the end of the day he's French and they are prone to making the odd dodgy comment.

He is also trying to make an impression in the media to further his new career,dont take it too seriously.

But he did play some very good games for us in midfield,especially when he cut his barnett fair.

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I find it somewhat hypocritical for Petit to criticise others of "thinking of themselves". If my memory serves me right, didn't Petit think only of himself and opt out of playing for Chelsea in Israel some years ago? A few other players also opted out, resulting in an early exit from Europe for Chelsea.

Yeah he did opt out of the trip to israel,but so did Eidur,Sauxy,Marcel etc.

To be honest that night I was more fuming with Mario Melchiot for getting sent off.

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On the England issue Petit should keep his trap firme! He has no idea who decided what and thus shouldn't be commenting on it so freely.

On the Israel issue I don't blame a single player who decided not to travel. Even the Government has issued a safety warning about travelling there and yet UEFA in their wisdom wouldn't order the game be played elsewhere. NEarly every player who didn't travel all had young families and, in my opinion, they correctly put their family first.

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Sick it to em Avi icon_lol.gif

http://www.sportinglife.com/football/ne ... tlead.html

Grant hits back at Petit

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has hit back at Emmanuel Petit after he suggested John Terry and Ashley Cole let England down by missing their country's final Euro 2008 qualifier.

The duo sat out the Croatia game, which saw England fail to qualify for the finals after a 3-2 defeat, but were back for their club the following weekend.

But Grant insisted former Blues midfielder Petit - who in October 2001 refused to fly out to Israel for a UEFA Cup match because he thought it was too dangerous - had made the wrong call in his new role as television pundit.

He said: "I know that my players did everything to play in the England national team. We can judge Emmanuel Petit how he behaved as a player and John Terry behaved as the captain of the national team.

"Remember that before the Russia game everybody said to John, including the doctor, that his chances to be fit were 50-50 but he decided to train and because of this he missed six weeks of training.

"So this was not the right thing to say - especially from Petit."

Grant's most immediate concern was picking a team for Saturday lunchtime's visit of West Ham, with Hammers boss Alan Curbishley having already claimed that referees had a tendency to favour the bigger clubs.

But the Israeli was not happy with that suggestion either, especially as he will be without midfielder Michael Essien through suspension following his red card at Derby last week.

He said: "I don't think he believes that but it's psychology, it's war, it's okay.

"We can see the facts. Three red cards against us in the last three months, and none of them was a red card.

"So if you call this 'privileged', then I don't want to think about the other situation."

The aftermath of the Essien incident, when County's Kenny Miller appeared to be caught by an elbow, saw Chelsea charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players as they surrounded the referee.

But Grant insisted the Derby players had been just as keen to influence the official.

He said: "I don't think my players did anything wrong against Derby.

"They were disappointed for a few seconds. Derby's players were more fussed than my players, demanding the red card."

Another notable figure to make comments this week was striker Andriy Shevchenko, who admitted he was still unhappy at Stamford Bridge, where he is as under-used by Grant as he was under Jose Mourinho.

But although he made no promises, Grant made it clear he had not given up on the Ukrainian, especially as the African Nations Cup will rob the Blues of Didier Drogba's services in the new year.

He said: "Everyone needs to respect Shevchenko because he is one of the best strikers in the history of football.

"At the moment he is not playing but that doesn't mean anything about the future. I am sure he will be useful for us."

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Does it piss anyone else off that Essien's red card is being widely reported as 'an elbow' when it absolutely wasn't. He slapped Miller's face by accident, and they make it sound like he assaulted him with a vicious elbow.

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Does it piss anyone else off that Essien's red card is being widely reported as 'an elbow' when it absolutely wasn't. He slapped Miller's face by accident, and they make it sound like he assaulted him with a vicious elbow.

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I'm not at all surprised to tell you the truth. When Essien was sent off for that tackle in his first season(?) most made it sound as if he had almost beheaded the "victim".

I'm just glad that this new incident hasn't been labeled as "an horrendous attempt at ripping someones throat out". icon_rolleyes.gif

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Does it piss anyone else off that Essien's red card is being widely reported as 'an elbow' when it absolutely wasn't. He slapped Miller's face by accident, and they make it sound like he assaulted him with a vicious elbow.

Tedious

He swung out and caught the guy in the face. It wasn't an elbow but it wasn't totally an accident was it. I don't think it merited a red though.

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