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Pompey Statement on Sol abuse

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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Date:Friday October 3 2008
Time: 1:50PM


What a cry baby!
03/10/2008 14:24:00
Ooops careful! He might take action against me!
03/10/2008 14:26:00
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 !
03/10/2008 14:27:00
03/10/2008 14:40:00
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!
03/10/2008 14:48:00
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!
03/10/2008 14:53:00
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
03/10/2008 14:59:00
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?
03/10/2008 15:59:00
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!
03/10/2008 16:11:00
... 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.
03/10/2008 16:25:00
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