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Portsmouth report Campbell abuse

Sol Campbell
Campbell has been a hate figure for Spurs fans since he left in 2001

Portsmouth intend to make an official complaint to the Football Association over insults aimed at Sol Campbell by Spurs fans at Fratton Park last Sunday.

Campbell, who chose to leave Tottenham on a free transfer to rivals Arsenal in 2001, was subjected to prolonged abuse.

Complaints from Portsmouth fans were made to Hampshire Police, who initially said they could not take action due to the huge number of Spurs fans involved.

The FA said it will ban for life any fans it can prove were connected.

FA director of communications Adrian Bevington told BBC Radio 5 Live: "This is disgusting, vile abuse - whether it is homophobic or racist, any abuse of that nature is simply not acceptable. We have to have a zero tolerance approach to it.

"The FA, the clubs and the police are working together to identify the individuals.

"There were hundreds of people shouting that abuse at Fratton Park last week and it is very difficult to walk in and try to eject people in that situation.

"What we have to do now is make sure those individuals are identified using CCTV or any other means.

"They need to be identified, publicly arrested - so there is an example made - and banned for life from attending football matches."


Pompey urged the FA to investigate after holding talks with Campbell, their 34-year-old club captain.

In a statement Portsmouth said: "Both Sol and the club feel no player should be subjected to personal abuse of this nature and that it has no place in football.

"The club will be urging the FA to look into this as a matter of urgency and will co-operate fully in any investigations which take place, either by the FA or by Hampshire Police."

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Hampshire Police confirmed that one complaint had been made and that it would be investigated.

see also
Campbell abuse filthy - Redknapp
01 Oct 08 |  Portsmouth
Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth (2-4)
02 Oct 08 |  Europe
Police to act on Campbell taunts
01 Oct 08 |  Hampshire
FA 'must act' on Campbell taunts
30 Sep 08 |  Hampshire
Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham
28 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Campbell calls for abuse to stop
19 Dec 07 |  Football

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