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Portsmouth defender speaks out after Tottenham fan abuse

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In early November, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke out about the security arrangements at the Emirates Stadium after the Manchester United manager was subjected to mass verbal abuse from Arsenal fans. Now the BBC report that Sol Campbell also feels something should be done about fans who overstep the mark with their hateful comments.

“It’s out of hand now,” the Portsmouth and England defender told BBC Radio 4.

“We can all take the booing or light banter, but when it gets to the realms of verbal abuse it’s a bridge too far.”

“This is the 21st century,” he said.

“This is a human rights situation where professional sportsmen – managers as well – want to do their job professionally and people are abusing them verbally.

“If this happened on the street you’d be arrested. The FA, the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and even the government should get involved.”

It’s clear that football fans are governed by a set of different rules when they enter a football stadium. A respectable family man can turn into a loudmouth racist yob because he knows there will be no punishment. Just how can the FA (and government!) bring these cretins under control?


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