New developments in one of the more disgusting cases of racist and homophobic abuse by English football fans. More suspects are identified following the arrest of two men in connection with the vile taunting directed at Portsmouth's star player Sol Campbell.
Authorities released closed circuit television video and stills of 16 Tottenham fans believed to have shouted the abuse during the September 28 game. Earlier this week two men were arrested and today at least seven others were identified. Police say "officers have received a steady stream of information and names" and are hopeful more arrests will be made.
Sol Campbell is former Tottenham captain and disliked intensely by team fans because of his move to Arsenal. The black footie is "habitually referred to by Spurs supporters as 'Judas' " and has been repeatedly taunted over claims he is gay—which he denies. During the September 28 game, fans chanted a deplorable song claiming he was HIV positive. "Sol, Sol, wherever you may be, You’re on the verge of lunacy, And we don’t give a f*** if you’re hanging from a tree, You Judas c*** with HIV."
Football phenom Rio Ferdinand suggested the team examine the video surveillance and impose life bans on the fans who hurled the racial and homophobic taunts. It's great to see the English authorities and the Football Association are taking this case very seriously.