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Thursday, 9 August, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Police probe Arsenal threats
Sol Campbell with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry
Campbell (l) with Arsenal's Vieira and Henry
By BBC Sport Online's Frank Keogh

Police are investigating threatening phone calls made to Arsenal following the signing of Sol Campbell from Tottenham.

Officers are also looking at malicious letters received by the club at about the time England defender Campbell joined the Gunners.

Campbell's move from Spurs to their bitter north London rivals has proved to be one of the most controversial of modern times.

There has even been suggestions that death threats were posted on Tottenham's official website.

There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing
Metropolitan police spokesman

Police say they have no knowledge of death threats, but confirmed a separate inquiry was underway.

"Police at the Islington community safety unit are investigating threatening, malicious phone calls/letters received at Arsenal Football Club in early July," said a spokesman.

"There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing."

It has also emerged the same police unit were alerted to messages posted on Arsenal's official site in mid to late June, but no inquiry was launched.

Protest at testimonial

Meanwhile, the Football Association says it will not introduce any additional security measures for next week's England friendly against Holland at Campbell's former ground White Hart Lane.

Spurs fans voiced their anger over Campbell's transfer at Wednesday night's testimonial for former boss Bill Nicholson.

But the FA remains confident their existing strict security measures, including trained staff under the control of former police chief Sir Brian Hayes, will be adequate for the game.

An FA spokesman said: "We always take security measures very seriously for all England fixtures at home and abroad.

"We are not taking any additional measures for the forthcoming game against Holland.

"We are confident that everything is in place from a security point of view."

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