Spurs warn fans over abuse of Campbell
Tottenham are warning fans they will not tolerate abuse directed at Sol Campbell on his return to White Hart Lane with Arsenal.
Campbell is expected to be in the squad for Wednesday’s North London derby, which promises to be highly charged with the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League title race and Spurs chasing fourth place.
Tottenham will issue messages to fans in the match-day programme and on the club website reminding them about their conduct regarding Campbell.
A Spurs spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues that these high category matches can bring, particularly with the importance surrounding the current league positions.
“As always, we shall be monitoring for any abusive and inappropriate behaviour, making full use of the CCTV systems and headcams that the police and club have available and dealing promptly with any unacceptable activity.”
Campbell has been a hate figure at White Hart Lane since moving to Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001. The team bus was attacked on his first return and he has endured a barrage of verbal abuse from Spurs fans, even when he moved on to Portsmouth.
Persistent racist and abusive chants aimed at him when Tottenham played at Fratton Park last season sparked a police investigation. A total of 11 Spurs fans were charged. Six were fined and banned from football grounds and five were cautioned.
Tottenham worked hard to avoid any repeat in the return fixture, supplying stewards with headcams to film the crowd. The game passed without incident and they hope Wednesday’s game will do the same.