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Sol Campbell tells Tottenham to get over Arsenal move

Campbell has taken abuse from Tottenham fans.
Campbell has taken abuse from Tottenham fans..

Sol Campbell says he struggles to understand why he is still such a hated figure amongst Tottenham fans.

The former Tottenham captain left White Hart Lane on a free transfer to join arch-rivals Arsenal in 2001. The move remains one of the most infamous transfers of all time.

Despite serving Tottenham for almost 10 years, he was immediately labelled 'Judas' by the Tottenham faithful and that same ill-feeling remains present in the stands at White Hart Lane even today.

Campbell, who won the Premier League and Fa Cup double with Arsenal, admits that the controversial move was always like to cause uproar but believes its now time for Tottenham fans to forgive him.

"I was 25/26. I was a young man and I wanted to win," he told the BBC.

"We are talking 15 years ago now. I am sure Tottenham as a club have moved on."

The hatred felt for their former star has gone far beyond footballing matters. A number of Tottenham fans have thrown homosexual abuse at Campbell in the past.

Campbell puts claims over his ssexuality down to his introverted nature.

"I think I got that because people could not really get me," he said. "Football is such a bubble and if you do not fit into that bubble there will always be people saying things.

"I was very shy as a boy, I didn’t want to tell people what I was doing. Most clubs are gossip pits, as I call it, and I just wanted to concentrate on football.

"It is just bizarre. It really is. One minute you move from Tottenham to Arsenal and the next minute people are singing things on the terraces.

"It is quite scary that people take as gospel what is said on the terraces."

Campbell won two Premier League titles with Arsenal in a five year spell. He famously scored in the Champions League final against Barcelona, which the Gunners eventually lost 2-1.

His move from White Hart Lane to Highbury was rumoured to make him one of the highest paid player in the world consisting of a signing on fee worth £8m, £60,000-a-week plus bonuses over four years. 

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