Millionaire footballer decides to sue former club. So now its not just Tottenham fans who despise the former England International.
Former Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell is suing the Premier League club for unpaid fees and bonuses.
The 35-year-old, now at Arsenal, claims he is owed £1.7m in image rights and bonus payments following three seasons as a player at Fratton Park.
“The matter is being dealt with by our lawyers,” said a club spokesman.
Beleaguered Portsmouth are preparing to appeal against a winding-up petition from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs following a High Court judge’s ruling.
The south-coast club argued the VAT part of its tax bill was too high, but Mr Justice Newey dismissed the claim and the hearing is expected to go ahead on 10 February.
The 2008 FA Cup champions also owe about £10m to clubs in the Premier League and abroad and are currently barred from signing new players because of a Premier League transfer embargo.
Meanwhile, chief executive Peter Storrie has appeared before Southwark Crown Court accused of one count of cheating the public revenue between 1 July 2003 and 28 November 2007.
The details of Storrie’s charge claim he “cheated the public revenue” over a signing-on fee during midfielder Amdy Faye’s move from Auxerre to Portsmouth in 2003. (BBC Sport)
Now we all know that Sol Campbell has few friends in one half of north London but now that he has decided to heap yet more misery on Portsmouth Football Club, and lets face it they have enough to worry about, by suing the club for unpaid bonuses and image right payments. Classy guy.
Now there will be some who will say “they owe him money so what do you expect”. But remember we are talking about a millionaire footballer who is not suing to get his wages but bonuses the kind of which has led Pompey to the financial dire straits they currently find themselves in. Lets also take into account that there are many clubs who are also owed large sums of money but they, as yet, have not decided to sue the club and for a former player to do so is morally reprehensible. The timing also sucks given that Campbell has just signed on to join Arsenal and no doubt will be drawing a stunning sum of money per week.
Sol Campbell is very lucky that the Gunners have played both their matches against the south coast outfit otherwise he may well have found himself a marked man.