William Gallas has got a ticket to ride: Irish fans are quick to forgive French star on the Eurostar

21 November 2009 09:39
William Gallas has never shrunk from a confrontation but it must have been a surprise for the grieving Irish fans to see the man who scored France's equaliser boarding the 17.13 Eurostar from Paris Gare du Nord to St Pancras on Thursday.

Any fears security staff may have had for Gallas's safety in the company of Irish fans after Thierry Henry's hand-ball cheated them out of a trip to South Africa soon passed.

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Ireland fans who had spotted the Arsenal defender at the departure terminal chanted 'cheat' - he will have had to lip-read because he was wearing headphones - but once on board those who approached him wanted photographs with the man who wrecked their dreams.

If Gallas's goal had knocked England, rather than Ireland, out of the World Cup, he would, of course, have received the same treatment.

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Source: Daily_Mail