Register Login Scores

International

Chamakh: I Was Blackmailed

Maroune Chamakh has blamed his disappointing spell at Arsenal in part on being blackmailed.

The Moroccan international striker has spent time at West Ham United on loan, and recently joined promoted Crystal Palace, after his career at the Emirates ground to a standstill.

He says he had to think long and hard before committing to the Eagles, as a result of his unhappy stay in England thus far.

Not only was he blackmailed and his career stagnated at Arsenal, but he also says he was “lied to” to by Hammers manager Sam Allardyce.

“It was not easy for me because things about my private life were disclosed," Chamakh said about the “pretty serious” blackmail case that haunted his first few months in England, according to L’Equipe.

"The tabloids did not have the right to publish photos or videos.

“The story weighed me down. People tried to blackmail me. I filed a complaint, the police intervened and found these people."

Regarding his ill-fated loan spell at the Hammers, Chamakh added: "I made a bad choice. It did not go well at all.

"The manager promised me that with Andy Carroll's injury, I would have playing time. We had a conversation but he didn't respect it. It's because of that I needed some time before saying yes to Crystal Palace.

“I do not want to make the same mistake twice."

Chamakh arrived in England from Bordeaux with a big reputation, but quickly found he had to play second fiddle to red hot Robin van Persie at Arsenal.

When the Gunners sold RVP to United, Chamakh sniffed his chance to prove his worth, but was again pushed into the background by the arrival of Olivier Giroud.

He now hopes to show English football that he is a top quality striker, by helping Palace survive their first season back in the Premier League.

"There were several opportunities [to play] in Greece, Turkey, Spain, France and even the Middle East,” he said.

“But I prefer another season in England because I love this championship. I know I'll have plenty of time to play here [at Palace]. I'm going to get chances, and find the net."

Chamakh Joins Palace

7 comments

Top 5

Comitis: I Don't See Chiefs Getting Special Treatment

123 Dec 03, 2021 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Qualify For CCC Without Kicking A Ball

40 Dec 03, 2021 08:13 AM in Orlando Pirates

Finally! FIFA Respond To SAFA Complaint

132 Dec 03, 2021 04:29 PM in Bafana

Ghana Move On From Penalty Drama?

21 Dec 01, 2021 01:29 PM in African Football

Chiefs To Reignite Vilakazi Interest?

53 Dec 01, 2021 11:42 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Swallows To Make U-Turn On Sacked Coach?

14 Dec 02, 2021 08:05 AM in Siyagobhoza

31 Covid Cases, Chiefs Want 4 Games Postponed!  

123 Dec 03, 2021 06:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Pirates Promise Four January ‘Signings’

19 Dec 03, 2021 03:02 PM in Orlando Pirates

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Precedent Set, Chiefs To Be Denied?

64 Dec 03, 2021 02:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs