PARIS (AP) -First Arsenal, now France. Outspoken defender William Gallas has spoken in a new autobiography about player tensions within France's squad that crumbled this year's European Championship.
Gallas doesn't name the fellow national player with whom he argued, but he identifies him as "S'' and says he played in midfield. French sports newspaper L'Equipe indicated that Gallas was referring to Samir Nasri, the midfielder who now plays alongside Gallas at Arsenal.
Gallas' revelations in the autobiography published Friday follow an explosive interview this week with The Associated Press, where he spoke of friction creeping into the Arsenal squad and called on its coveted young stars to toughen up.
Gallas reveals in his book that he also had trouble with the youngsters in the France squad at Euro 2008, where France failed to reach the knockout round. He says they "seem cheeky, very sure of themselves. They think they know everything but they know nothing,'' he writes.
"I too was 20 years old once. I would never have allowed myself to speak in such a way to a player older than me. We respected the veterans. We shut out mouths,''
Gallas says he was stupefied when the young player he argued with took veteran striker Thierry Henry's seat on a France team bus. He describes the young player as "insolent'' and says he finally moved.
Gallas says he scolded the same player in training for not calling out when he passed the ball, and he gives a blow-by-blow description of a heated conversation that followed.
"'Are you speaking to me? Who do you take yourself for? You're only 20 ... I am not your friend,'''
Gallas says he told the player.
"'I'm not your friend either,'''
the player responded.
"Straight away, I see red,''
He says the "young dodger'' finally admitted his mistake when they later spoke about the issue.
Same story in French (From L'Equipe)