Portsmouth complain to the FA

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Portsmouth have confirmed they will make an official complaint to the Football Association over the abuse Sol Campbell received during last Sunday's match against his former club, Tottenham Hotspur.

The Pompey captain was subjected to abuse from the away stand during his team's 2-0 Premier League victory at Fratton Park.

The south coast club announced yesterday: "After discussions with Sol Campbell, we will be making an official complaint to the Football Association concerning the verbal abuse aimed at him during Sunday's match against Tottenham."

Campbell, 34, is a hate figure for Spurs fans after he moved to their bitter north London rivals Arsenal in 2001. The former England defender's visits to White Hart Lane have seen sustained abuse from the home support while Spurs' games on the south coast have produced similar scenes. The Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp branded last weekend's chants "filthy" and urged both local police and the FA to act.

Hampshire Police confirmed on Wednesday they would investigate alleged racist and homophobic abuse aimed at the player.

Pompey's statement continued: "Both Sol and the club feel no player should be subjected to personal abuse of this nature and that it has no place in football. The club will be urging the FA to look into this as a matter of urgency and will co-operate fully in any investigations which take place, either by the FA or by Hampshire Police."

Hampshire Police initially said they would report the matter to the FA as it was not possible to make arrests because of the sheer numbers chanting. However, a spokeswoman said the force had received one complaint about the abuse and that it would be investigated.

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