Four more arrests follow football race chants

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Police have arrested and bailed four more men in connection with racist and homophobic chanting at a football match.

Hampshire police released images of 16 men who are believed to have shouted the abuse at Portsmouth Football Club player Sol Campbell during a game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The photos show the suspects caught on camera by a police officer at the match at Fratton Park, Portsmouth, on Sunday, September 28 2008.

Of the 16 suspects, police believe they have identified 12 and have now questioned and released on bail a total of five.

An 18-year-old man from Essex, a 23-year-old man from North London, a 35-year-old man from Bournemouth and a 54-year-old man from East Sussex have today been questioned and bailed until January 21.

Earlier this week, a 20-year-old man from Essex, a 15-year-old boy from Purley in Surrey and a 15-year-old boy from North London, were also interviewed and bailed until the same date.

And last week, a 36-year-old man from Wokingham, Surrey, and a 28-year-old man from Ringwood, Hampshire, were also arrested and bailed.

They were all questioned on suspicion of indecent or racial chanting at a designated football match.

The remaining three identified suspects will be questioned in the next few days.

A police spokesman said: "Officers have received a steady stream of information and names, however they are keen to stress that they would like to hear from anyone who recognises the remaining four people."

The offence of indecent or racist chanting at a designated football match under the Football Offences Act 1991 can be punished by a fine of up to £1,000 and can also lead to a football banning order.

Anyone with information should contact Operation Decorum on 0845 0454545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.