Pascal Chimbonda is a relatively insignificant player in the Premier League. The French defender made his way into the Premiership after joining the newly promoted Wigan Athletic and since then Chimbonda has represented a number of clubs in and around mid-table obscurity. On the surface it looks like quiet progress and that there should be no reason whatsoever for someone to take a disliking to him, yet for some reason, Pascal Chimbonda is someone I would really like to smack!
To me, one of Chimbonda’s biggest critics, the player is complete scum. By looking at his face I can tell that he is not a particularly nice person, and certainly one I would not want to be involved with. I am aware how ignorant and petty this sounds, but in all fairness to me, Chimbonda’s actions in England have not done anything to change my opinion and have only heightened my hatred for him.
Firstly there is the subject of his loyalty. The man has played for four different Premier League clubs in less than five years, including two spells at Tottenham Hotspur. In his first season with the Latics, Chimbonda signed a contract extension, tying him to the club for four years, yet on the final day of the season at Arsenal, after a tremendous first Premiership campaign with Wigan, Chimbonda handed in a transfer request. Manager Paul Jewell claimed “He came up to me, still in his kit, and handed me a transfer request, along with a note to thank me and the club for all our help. I was livid.” Now I know that there is nothing wrong with a player wanting to progress his career, but is this really the right manner to act in? I don’t think so. Following this Chimbonda preceded to hop, skip and jump around the Premier League, showing little loyalty to any club he joined. Whilst at Sunderland, Chimbonda claimed that he would take a pay cut as he was so desperate to leave the north-east club, it makes you wonder why he went there in the first place.
In addition to his loyalty issues, Chimbonda is not the friendliest of people on the pitch. In an incident in January 2007, Chimbonda slapped Nicky Butt around the face with his glove (something that he wears whatever the weather), sparking a skirmish between the two. I also recall watching a live game on the television when Chimbonda was at Tottenham Hotspur, a game in which Tottenham were losing. Chimbonda went to collect the ball for a throw in and for no apparent reason gave the furry microphone on the sidelines a great kick, causing viewers such as myself to be greeted with a very unpleasant sound. What was the point in this? He will have to answer that.
Chimbonda has also continued in his antics this season, as just weeks ago he got himself involved in a tangle with Portsmouth’s Jamie O’Hara. The pair were tussling for possession when Chimbonda stopped playing altogether and raised his hands to O’Hara’s face. Just to add insult to the incident, they both received the same punishment, a yellow card, just as I was looking forward to seeing him receive his marching orders.
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