Spurs sit just two points above the relegation zone, yet it would be much worse for them if this ex-Tottenham’s player wish was granted. He has called for the footballing bodies to consider docking teams points if their supporters continue to racially abuse opposition players.
Sky Sports reports that Sol Campbell doesn’t expect racism at football grounds to go away until harsher penalties are brought in against offending clubs. The former Spurs player was subject to some horrific chanting at Fratton Park earlier in the season, and while there is clearly no love lost between him and the Tottenham fans, maybe he does have a point.
“I think that they [the game’s authorities] are going to have to do more,” said Campbell. “My situation is a small part.
“You also have racial abuse in the rest of Europe. The only way you can stop it from happening is by taking points from clubs. Then it would definitely stop.”
I’m sure that the vast majority of Tottenham fans were disgusted with the ‘supporters’ who chanted racist things at Campbell earlier in the season, but surely a potential points deduction is unworkable? After all, you could get people who weren’t even fans of a club being racist in an attempt to get them deducted points. However, the Portsmouth central defender is correct in that not enough is being done to stamp out racism, with some meagre fines being handed out to offending clubs across Europe.