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Pompey Statement on Sol abuse

Pompey have just issued the following statement on the Official site
"After discussions with Sol Campbell, Portsmouth Football Club will be making an official complaint to the Football Association concerning the verbal abuse aimed at him during last Sunday`s match against Tottenham.
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 that take place either by the FA or by Hampshire Police who are also conducting their own investigation."

I feel they had no choice in making the decision after all the publicity surrounding the affair. The press and numerous internet sites have printed the words of the 'songs' that were sung and various anti racial and other pressure groups have become involved. In fact it has rather over-shadowed the whole week with Harry being quizzed on the subject rather than last night's trip to Portugal.

What sanctions could the FA invoke against Spurs for failing to control their fans? Having talked to club officials they believe that other than a fine it could involve a reduction in ticket allocation to away games.

Your views are always are awaited.

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Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 3 2008

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

What a cry baby!
Hotspurdude
Ooops careful! He might take action against me!
Hotspurdude
Sol Campbell was asking for some trouble when he moved for FREE to ARSENAL!! However as a Spurs fan I do not support the chants that I have read about, for me they go too far and they make me cringe with embarrassment !
ricardo_archibald
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Gandor
ABOUT TIME TOO! All the time Pompey are selling tickets to young children, it has a responsibility to try and police what happens inside the stadium. I took a 7 year old Moslem boy to the match on Sunday, and although we could not make out hardly anything of what Spurs were chanting, I bet after what his parents have read (and I don't know them very well) they are not happy. How embarrassing! Hotspurdude, you should be ashamed of yourself coming on here, you sound like a child. Grow up!
Gandor
Sorry I was off topic there. Yes, I think a fine AND a reduction in the number of tickets is in order. If they had managed to get any points from the match, then they should forfeit those as well. But they didn't, did they? (now I sound like a child) Hey Ho!
Gandor
Players move on whether there is a fee or not is irrelevant, who they go to is irrelevant. What can never be irrelevant is homophobic or racist abuse. If a significant number can't be punished then surely Spurs are open to a charge of failing to control their fans. Not usually a charge i'd support but in cases like this something has to be done. My view is that for a first offence a points deduction and for repeated offences ban their fans from away games and, or play home games behind closed doors. When their club has been punished in this way which would amount to a financial burden as well as threaten their league position, the Decent vast majority of fans would make their feelings known to the mindless ones that feel they're doing nothing wrong. There is no place in modern society for abusing someone because of Race, Colour or sexual orientation. That said i would hate to see the end of banter between fans and players, i remember Mathew LeTissier playing at a testimonial at FP, his every touch was booed and accompanied by the usual chants, when he scored he whipped of his shirt to display a Southampton one underneath. This obviously met with the usual response. That though was banter going both ways and most people laughed about it, he certainly went up in my estimation after that response. Banter has it's place vile abuse doesn't.
Steve C
Lots of hypocrisy going on here. For your information, Judas has never been abused because of the colour of his skin, neither have I heard any racist chants. I accept that the chanting was more vicious than usual, but Mr Campbell is a big grown-up boy and as we all know, the best way to deal with insults is to ignore them and concentrate on football rather than rise to the bait. So my question is, why is it than when a white player gets abuse, it's banter, but when it's aimed at a black player, everyone assumes it's racist?
ParkLane67
Park there is friendly cbanter with players which I am sure they learn to except as part of their job, but ranting on about someones sexuality is going a bit far!
sneakay
... and where would you draw the line? Calling the referee a b*stard is pretty nasty too, but we've heard that at every ground in the country. Do we start prosecuting fans whenever they hurt a players feelings? Once we start this, it won't stop until they've silenced every stadium. As I said before, the Campbell chants were vicious, but the point I made is that they were NOT in any way racist.
ParkLane67
I can't understand why anyone would want to reference lynching. This has dragged out a bit but the club have no choice. Well done Hampshire police for not letting this go by without some kind of action.
Pompeyscum
I think you'll find the the words were a biblical reference to the demise of Judas - not to lynching. Nasty yes, racist no!
ParkLane67
And I suppose HIV is a plague sent by God to rid the world of sinners
Pompeyscum
I'm not sure Hampshire Police deserve the congratulations, they should've acted at the time, you try walking up to someone in the street in front of a policeman and start racially and homophobically abusing them and see what happens then. Failure to act at the time means it will be much harder to find the culprits (if not impossible). I saw a Pompey fan ejected from the ground during the Chelsea cup game for allegedly calling Ballack a Nazi. That made damn sure that it wouldn't spread to others around him.
Steve C
The wit in football chants is what makes them special, there was nothing witty about the chants on sunday. Although i talk about clubs being punished i feel thats harsh, just probably the only option left open now. I would like to see racism and sexual prejudices stamped out of society as a whole.
Steve C
What you say is absolutely right Steve C but I think there would have been a bit of claret (or Claridge) spilt if the police had waded in to pinpoint people in the crowd. I want more football chanting, but I think that is best encouraged by stopping all the bloody music before the game starts not by just letting people shout whatever pops into their tiny minds during the match
Pompeyscum
Little bit hypocritical with the things we shout at Southampton players and the like.
stillthewhizz
stillthewhizz i take your point, but whilst we are known to give Southampton players a lot of stick, i can not think off hand of any occasions when it descended to such an objectional and personal level as the abuse directed at Sol. The chants relate to the players association with the lot up the road.
Steve C
One more point - You say "What sanctions could the FA invoke against Spurs for failing to control their fans?" - Spurs' record in the fight to kick out racism over the years has been exemplory - the problem occurred at Pompey where it is the responsibility of Pompey officials and the police to control both home and away fans. This is not like an FA charge of failing to control players, it is about controlling fan behaviour. If there was a failure, then it is the Pompey officials and the police who should be criticised for not nipping it in the bud. By all means, deal with the individual fans if they can be identified, but it is nonsense to say that sanctions should be made against Spurs.
ParkLane67
Parklane67 I mention Spurs only because it was them on this occasion, you could substitute anyother team name. I believe however that you will find that teams have been punished for failing to control their fans at away games in the past, Cardiff at Wolves for instance. The FA themselves were charged with it by uefa for England Fans behaviour in Croatia. Chelsea were charged over a match at Ewood park So i'm afraid the precedent is there and the responsibility still lies with Spurs for their own fans behaviour. Daft as that may seem.
Steve C
a dangerous thing to be chased up here - granted some of the abuse is well beyond what anyone should put up with, and our 'anti scum' stuff isnt half as bad as some of the stuff spurs came out with...as i say a dangerous thing to do here, and not quite sure how it will be enforced?
pompeyrug
The likely outcome is that they'll manage to identify one or two fans who will be scapegoated as "ringleaders" - they'll be charged under a public order offence and get a ban - but if Sol Campbell thinks that this crybaby whingeing will stop him getting abuse, then he is sadly deluded (or perhaps, once again, he's been poorly advised - the real culprit in all this is his former agent Sky Andrew!!!)
ParkLane67
GANDOR. ru wenger in disguise!!!!!!
dspurs64
campbell needs 2except it happens n get on with it. dont hear barrymore complaining!!!!!
dspurs64
Whilst i in no way condone the abuse that Sol got last Sunday. It's never nice to hear that sort of filth, especially in front of kids. A dangerous precedent could be set here and exactly how would this be enforced? Lets not turn football into another version of the Nanny State. I don't really fancy just sitting there sedately applauding at a game when we score. Also feel slightly hypocritical as i seem to remember some of our fans singing "'Arry's a c***, and so is Jim" back in 2006 at FP when 'Arry was in charge of that lot down the road. Not quite as strong as the abuse directed at Sol though, but still not pleasant.
PFCMatt
No I'm not Wenger in disguise, dspurs64. I'm just a woman who offered to take her neighbour's 7 year old child (who is crazy about football) to watch Spurs play Pompey as a special treat; and wishes she hadn't. You are disgusting!
Gandor
The problem is that Spurs fans have pushed it too far. This has gone beyond football, into the realms of "the state this nation is in". People have to take responsibility for their own actions, whether they fully understood the consequences of their actions at the time or not. Whatever the result of this episode I doubt it will be positive. It's another sad day for football in this country.
Pompeyscum
Unfortunately, Pompeyscum, you are right. Just read the response my post got from dspur64. Mind you, if you visit the Spurs site you will find a lot of people like recardo archibald, (post at the top of the page) so they are not all bad.
Gandor
As individuals we usually behave, some more than others. However most blokes, do let their steam off at a match & will say & chant things they may not say anywhere else. Your team is your passion & you get carried away. This is not a blue print for life of agreeing or not with what the spurs have said. I doubt if it's not the first time Sol has heard since that move away from Spurs. Heaven only knows what we have called ex-scum players, when Harry when there & numerous other disliked players over the decades. I believe the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. If it wasn't our player we wouldn't give it much thought. This country's problems are not going to be solved by shutting up football fans or by blaming Spurs. If Delap plays for Stoke tomorrow, a few thousand will remind him of his past. Are we not just as guilty? Calling Welsh players sheep sh4ggers? German players like Ballack had WW11 type songs? All good fun maybe but who says it is?
storagematt
Mountains are being mad out of mole hills here, the abuse was bad, but all this punish Spurs stuff breeds more bad feeling, do we really want to hate each other over this? This time next year Sol won't be at Fratton anymore, who is to say the bad feelings being stirred up between two sets of fans being defensive over their clubs won't still hang over us?
paultsmouth
Perhaps Sol is making a stand precisely because he knows he's nearing the end of his playing days but there could be loads of younger players who could benefit if there is some sense of where to draw a line. Personally I felt that with the extra support Sol got from us at Fratton pk on Sunday, he answered Spuds in the best way possible by having a good game and helping to get three points off them. The anti-Sol stuff last week just FELT all wrong and just FELT worse than the more generic Scummer/Sheepshagger stuff..can't really justify that statement, it's all subjective but it just felt all wrong... Mind you, if you had a time machine and went back to the first match I ever saw at the Park 30 years ago and said that the Fratton end would be defending a black player from homophobic chants, I would have called for the blokes from St James' to bring the straight jackets.
hammersmithblue
35 years ago, my sister went to Fratton Park (Fratton End) to watch her first (and only) football match and came home with her face "glassed". Apparently, it was nothing out of the ordinary in those days, there was good sport to be had both on and off the pitch. Going to a football match was downright dangerous. We have managed to clean all of this up wihout much detriment to the game (to my way of thinking, anyway) and I think they need to go that bit further and quash this mindless bile, which is obscene - and ridiculous, considering the offence occurred 8 years ago.
Gandor
'I was a Spurs fan as a boy it would be hard for me to leave...I would never join ars*nal, the fans wouldn't forgive me' Sol Campbell, May 2000.'
HuddersfieldYiddo
Then turned down offers from Man Utd, Liverpool, Barca, Real and Inter to say F*CK YOU to everybody single Spurs fan, player and manager, not forgetting the board who turned down a 15m bid for him the previous year because Campbell said he wanted to stay. Then our boyhood Spurs fan captain and best player in our darkest hour joined our hated rivals becoming the highest paid footballer in England in doing so. Oh then slagged off Spurs in his press conference, and moans every single time he faces us, fanning the flames of hatred as it were. He needs to apologize once and for all for his betrayal then maybe most of us would but it to bed because im sick of the whole issue. But he wont do that because he doesnt see what hes done wrong. The tone of some of the abuse directed at him although certainly not racist (just because hes a black guy getting grief doesnt make it racist) did leave a bitter taste some of the homophobic abuse in particular and im totally against it, and i respect Portsmouths position on the matter and everybody associated with the club as hes your player and a very popular one. But this wont go away on its own, infact i fear it will only escalate if we get charged. Im willing to forgive him if he apologises like many yiddos, but i could never forget what he did to our football club.
HuddersfieldYiddo
It is easy to forget that some of Vital Pompeys most valuable and knowledgeable writers no longer contribute due to fallings out instigated by differences of feeling over Vital comments about Southampton supporters. Terrace banter in my day was magic, at present it is a disgusting measure of our existing society.
007
So ParkLane67, is there no line whatsoever? Do footballers have to accept abuse of any level, however racist, homophobic, or personal it is? Would you accept that when doing your job? Football is a sport for families, do we have to stop bringing children to Fratton Park now because the likes of you think its OK to do/say whatever you like, and anybody who winges is out of order? Yes we do give some stick to those down the road, but we also accepted Arry back, and Crouchie. It was years ago that Sol left Spurs, get over it!
tracyc
 

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