The Acquittal Of The Tottenham Two

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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15 Responses

  1. Auntie Beryl says:

    There is no excuse for those who did abuse Campbell in the way accused. But for those accused him of being a mercenary? I suspect they were close.

  2. retarded says:

    Congratulations for the Tottenham Two for refusing to accept the penalties meted out for expressing disgust at Sol Campbell. By accepting the penalties, these would set a dangerous precedence that Tottenham supporters would not have any right to express their continued disgust at a footballer.

    These penalties are nothing more than a campaign to silence Tottenham supporters from expressing their disgust at Sol, and I must tell you, I am more disgusted at these campaigns than Tottenham fan’s chanting.

    Now, let us take a step back. What is so wrong with using the word “black” or “gay”. As a matter of fact, that is the colour of Sol’s skin and that is strictly descriptive. Why would some people (presumably with so much free time on their hand) equate or infer that with racism? Well, unless you have an agenda to disgrace Tottenham, you probably would not try to infer it. As for “gay”, I do not have much comment as I am not even sure if that is legal in England. But again, why do people start inferring things?

    So, I strongly believe people reacted too strongly to these chants. These chants are nothing but a passionate display of emotions against a former player who walked out of his former club in a way full of displayed with deceit (remember Sol’s behavior and the comments he made while running down the contract). And of course, the words used are not very pleasant – but who expects kind words instead. Mind you, the supporters are not chanting against any Arsenal players – only Sol.

    Lastly, I disagreed with the author that the culture of abused that is eating football alive. It will be the action of legal persecution for passion that is eating football alive. Paying fans have a right to express their emotions and people should not infer anything from it. The sin is the unwanted/uncalled for interpretation of these expression.

  3. Beach_Bum says:

    I do not know about other clubs,but Tottenham have certainly had their
    traitors over the years.Most of whom only inspire contempt.Carrick,and Berbatov are prime examples.The actions of Robbie Keane have turned the
    Spurs fans against him.He is one of those players who are inspired by the fans,but his flight to Liverpool where he became a bench-warmer has soured his supporters at WHL.The fact that he is no longer one of the most popular players has shaken his confidence and I think he will look back on these events with a great deal of regret.
    The press’s glorification of this and the above event makes one more careful about which newspaper one buys.

  4. Mark Rhone says:

    Jermain Defoe was subjected to vile abuse regarding his dead brother at the West Ham game, but this wasn’t reported in the press

  5. arscum says:

    Sol Sol wherever you may be you not very far from insanity – the song was penned at a time when sol disappeared and it was widely speculated in the press that he was loosing it.

    We dont give a F**k if your hanging from a tree.- This is a reference to KKK ???? – this is the only racist connotation and entirly speculative and spurious.

    You Judas C~@t with HIV – Reference has been given to assertions that Sol is gay, but Spurs supporters have been singing about Patrick Vierra wanting away because Sol wanted a piece of his arse and have you ever seen Sol with a girl. No-one ever quipped at these references to his sexuallity and the song in question only continued that vein of speculation. Is it also anti semetic, surely Judas was a jew or perhaps anti Christian.

    I would suggest that Spurs fans would loose too much sleep if Campbell shed his mortal coil and the reference to tree happily rhymns with HIV. To suggest it is homophobic or racial is ridiculous.

    whilst Spurs has is quota of biggots including racist and homophobics I seriously doubt that many of the fans abusing Sol with this song do so with any thought for those groups.

    I for one consider the songs about Wenger being a peado are in worse taste and for that reason will not sing it

  6. craig jones says:

    i dont get it,

    the song that goes “sol sol where ever you may be, wont be long till the lunacy, and i wont give a f*ck when your hanging from a tree your a judas c*nt with hiv”…. is genius, at the time sol campell went missing after a arsenal game, then booked himself into a shrink. spurs fans probably wouldnt care less if he was hanging from a tree (mad people do this!). he is a judas for leaving spurs for “arsenal”. and as for the hiv if he is a homosexual there is a possibility that he will have hiv.

    where is the problem.

    COYS

  7. ejh says:

    It’s generous of the contributors above to demonstrate the existence of the problem they apparently can’t see.

  8. Albert Ross says:

    I tend to agree with ejh – you can’t simply say that certain words are decriptive and not used in a perjorative sense, when the whole point is that they are being used as part of an insult. Saying Peter Tatchell is Gay is descriptive, as he freely and loudly admits it – however couple Gay to an insult and it’s homophobic abuse beyond question. Similarly the use of the word “black”.

    No-one is saying you have to like Sol Campbell, or even stop accusing him of betraying Spurs for the money – dragging in references to his racial origins or (unconfirmed at least) sexual preferences (btw, there are a lot more HIV+ heterosexuals in this world than homosexuals craigjones) makes it a whole new ball game and if you can’t see that, then more fool you.

  9. Chris Taylor says:

    Wow. This comments section is quite something.

  10. Martin says:

    Sounds like the right result all round. I just hope everyone learns something from this.

  11. Martin says:

    The comments are indeed something else! Wasn’t Carrick a “traitor” to West Ham first?

  12. Harry'sDisciple says:

    Arscum – I really wish you do associate yourself with Spurs. Most of us utterly disown your disgusting and ignorant comments.

  13. Harry'sDisciple says:

    do NOT!

  14. Jon says:

    The reference to him “hanging from a tree” has no link to the KKK at alll. It’s a reference to Judas who, once he had betrayed Jesus, hung himself.

    How this is racist in the slightest is beyond me, and the people who think so are just showcasing there lack of intelligence!

  15. Neil says:

    I very much doubt that the sort of person who’d sing those sort of songs has the learning neccessary to know the full details of the Judas story.

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