Spurs public enemy Number one Sol Campbell has revealed he still finds himself on the end of regular abuse from Tottenham fans, 17 years after his highly controversial move to Arsenal.
Campbell allowed his contract to run down before accepting an offer to join Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, in a move that made him a hate figure one for one half of the north London sporting divide.
He has been subject to death threats and venomous taunts from Tottenham fans have been on a daily basis ever since that decision in 2001 and he has told Yahoo Sport that the abuse continue to this day: “I still get people shouting abuse at me in the street, but I think people have realised that we have long since reached the point where we have to move on,”:
“There are kids who were 15 and not even born when this happened and the legend is passed down through families not to like me because I joined Arsenal. It’s strange that a kid who was not born then would have a problem with me, but that’s the way it is. He added:
“I look at Spurs now and they are in a great place. A new stadium on the way, a fantastic team, doing well in the Champions League and I wish them well. I have no animosity towards Tottenham and enjoyed my time there. When I was in football, I accepted the abuse was part of what happened after a move like that, but when you to start to encroach on people’s lives in the street, then a different type of authority takes over at that point.
Campbell went on to say: “When you are not at a football ground, having a go at someone going about their day over something that happened nearly 20 years ago is not acceptable and that time has come to move on.”
Campbell has said he has no regrets about making the move from Spurs to Arsenal, even though it has led to almost two decades of acrimony.
“What I won at Arsenal justified the move 100 per-cent
“Look at everything we won with that team. We won everything, except for the European Cup and we came very close to that in 2006 when we lost to Barcelona in the final.
“We won Premier Leagues, FA Cups, winning Doubles, going unbeaten for the whole season… I was a part of that and I would never have had that unless I made that move.I played with some of the best players in the world, it was incredible and nearly two decades on people still talk about this. Come on everyone…let’s get over it.”
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