A follow-up to last week's story of Sol Campbell, the black British footballer who became the latest victim of ugly racist and homophobic taunts by English soccer fans. Football phenom Rio Ferdinand is frustrated at the lack of progress into the investigation. Rio says Tottenham should impose life bans on the fans who hurled racial and homophobic taunts at their team's former captain.
"The high-tech cameras should be able to pick up the people who are doing that kind of stuff and eject them from the ground," Ferdinand said. "That is the only way I can see to stop it happening.
Ferdinand has been vocal about ending racist and homophobic abuse by fans and says minor punishments are not effective. He is furious the Croatian team was only fined £15,000 for the ugly behavior of their fans in the recent defeat to England in Zagreb. Rio says points must be deducted. "Croatia were fined a few thousand quid. What good is that going to do? That is not going to stop people shouting racist or homophobic abuse. If things like this keep happening you have to take points off them."
During the Portsmouth-Tottenham match, Sol Campbell was taunted by anti-gay and racist insults and a deplorable song claiming he was HIV positive. Campbell has repeatedly denied he is gay and says the rumors—and insults—began when he left Tottenham to play for a rival team.
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