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Campbell - we should have built/dock points!

Campbell - we should have built/dock points!

He has been quiet for too long, of course there must have been a 'Sol Campbell rant' brewing, and this is the case today, with the Pompey captain sharing his views on a couple of areas today...

Campbell - we should have built on last season...

Talking in The Guardian today he has said that we missed the chance to be in Villa's position by allowing top players to leave when bringing in another couple of players - as well as keeping them - would not have seen this chance missed...

Of course I share Sol's disappointment and to a degree frustration, and do think about what 'could have been' but what purpose is this sort of talk and thinking going to serve? We have something bigger to worry about - the genuine reality that we 'might go down', not that we will!

We spent heavily, if not so much in terms of transfer fees - which were high - then on wages, which are now the curse of us with far too many picking up top, top money but not doing much, if anything, to justify them! In simple terms 'we spent well beyond our means', this brought us success, but in many ways this followed Jamie's Dad's philosophy of 'short-term' and not 'long-term' planning...

'If' we had the money of course we would have built on the squad, and we 'might' have been in Villa's position, but simple truth is we could not, and do not have the money to have built on this - we might have been able to carry on lending and spending this money but that would have left us very, very much up a certain creek.

Had we done this maybe this would not have been a problem as far as the ramifications of this went for the likes of Sandra's wife and Sol in the future, as they would not be here, but 'when', and not 'if', this came crashing down the fans would be left heartbroken at the dire straits we were left in! There is no reason why we cannot remain 'semi successful', but I for one am glad that we did rein things in before they became so out of control we were doomed!

All that said, in all honesty we still have a decent squad, granted a squad lacking some quality from last season and earlier this, but a squad nevertheless that 'should' be higher than it is, so as said several times over the months it is the players that might want to also look closer to home before blame is shifted here, there and everywhere - and he has done this again by being the latest to take a swipe at Tony Adams - apart from at their own doorstep...

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Dock points for racists chanting!

The second point of the day for Sol were his points of racist chanting, and how this should be dealt with...

As we all know several Spurs fans were charged with racists chanting aimed at him during the win against them at Fratton earlier in the season, but he wants stronger actions taken against clubs that have fans charged with such crimes - he wants clubs docked points!

Whilst I completely agree that what is not acceptable in the everyday world should of course not be acceptable in football, take the Ben Thatcher's attack on Pedro Mendes back along for example - in everyday life he would have been in major trouble for that, he got a long suspension and a fine but it was not enough! So with racists and homophobic actions not acceptable in everyday life, this should not be acceptable within football or any other sport.

With so many television cameras and CCTV camera present at games these days, offenders can be sounded out, and by all means make examples of them, fine, sentence and ban them from sporting events and so on but can you really punish clubs by docking them points?

To an extend it is the clubs prerogative to control fans, but how can you control the spoken or physical actions of individuals? You do not know who is going to say and do what - for me as much as these kinds of actions are wrong I just do not see how it can be just to hold clubs accountable for their fans actions. Fans are accountable for their actions, and they are the ones that should be held accountable for these...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday March 3 2009
Time: 11:23AM

Comments

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Dock pts for abusive chanting, cheaper for the clubs to ban supporters then risk getting relegated by losing points. Worlds going mad if they consider this.
storagematt
03/03/2009 11:33:00
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Dock pts for abusive chanting, cheaper for the clubs to ban supporters then risk getting relegated by losing points. Worlds going mad if they consider this.
storagematt
03/03/2009 11:33:00
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This beggers belief.. Only a day or so ago i was defending Sol in a post and now i've got to perform a complete reversal. One minute he's saying how stable and progressive things are now under Hart and Kidd, and the next he's making statements like this. For ##### sake just concentrate on captaining the team and playing football. If we'd carried on with the spending regime we had in place it would have put the club in grave financial peril. As for point reductions for clubs that contain a tiny minority of racist biggots, that's a total non starter and grossly unfair. I agree with Matt, if they are indentified by the club they should be banned, end of. No club on earth can be responsible for every single fan in a stadium at any one time, it's totaly non-sensical...
cornypomp
03/03/2009 12:24:00
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This beggers belief.. Only a day or so ago i was defending Sol in a post and now i've got to perform a complete reversal. One minute he's saying how stable and progressive things are now under Hart and Kidd, and the next he's making statements like this. For ##### sake just concentrate on captaining the team and playing football. If we'd carried on with the spending regime we had in place it would have put the club in grave financial peril. As for point reductions for clubs that contain a tiny minority of racist biggots, that's a total non starter and grossly unfair. I agree with Matt, if they are indentified by the club they should be banned, end of. No club on earth can be responsible for every single fan in a stadium at any one time, it's totaly non-sensical...
cornypomp
03/03/2009 12:24:00
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This is deeply unhelpful stuff, Sol. Heart's in the right place but there are laws to deal with racial abuse, let the police and clubs deal with it as a legal matter. Pompey as a team and a club are going to get a right royal reception from away fans as long as Sol is playing for us.
hammersmithblue
03/03/2009 12:26:00
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This is deeply unhelpful stuff, Sol. Heart's in the right place but there are laws to deal with racial abuse, let the police and clubs deal with it as a legal matter. Pompey as a team and a club are going to get a right royal reception from away fans as long as Sol is playing for us.
hammersmithblue
03/03/2009 12:26:00
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How can you punish 98% of genuine fans because of a handful of idiots making rascist chants. Come on Sol get Real, or in your case Monaco...
pompeygray
03/03/2009 12:44:00
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How can you punish 98% of genuine fans because of a handful of idiots making rascist chants. Come on Sol get Real, or in your case Monaco...
pompeygray
03/03/2009 12:44:00
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sol, and others, do your talking on the pitch please - that is where it counts. yep we have lost some top players, but that does not excuse the rest of you not doing your bit, no matter who the manager is. stop shifting the blame as the players are as accountable as anyone this season, deal with things as they are and get us out of a hole - wild spending = no club, you might not be here for that so it would not effect you, but it would us!
as for the racisist thoughts, totally agree there is no place for it in the world, let alone sport, but punishing the clubs and no individuals isnt the way to go - thats a ridiculous idea...
pompeyrug
03/03/2009 13:00:00
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sol, and others, do your talking on the pitch please - that is where it counts. yep we have lost some top players, but that does not excuse the rest of you not doing your bit, no matter who the manager is. stop shifting the blame as the players are as accountable as anyone this season, deal with things as they are and get us out of a hole - wild spending = no club, you might not be here for that so it would not effect you, but it would us!
as for the racisist thoughts, totally agree there is no place for it in the world, let alone sport, but punishing the clubs and no individuals isnt the way to go - thats a ridiculous idea...
pompeyrug
03/03/2009 13:00:00
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