Man arrested over racist football chants

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Police have arrested one of 16 suspects who allegedly shouted racist and homophobic chants towards Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell.

Hampshire Police has released images of the men who are believed to have shouted the abuse at the England centre half during a game against Tottenham on Sunday September 28. The photos show the suspects caught on camera by a police officer at the match at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.

Superintendent Neil Sherrington said: "We want to send a clear message that abuse of this kind will not be tolerated and that we are taking robust action."

He added: "As part of our investigation into indecent chanting at Fratton Park, we have identified sixteen people we would like to speak to."

A 28-year-old man from Ringwood, Hampshire, is being questioned on suspicion of indecent or racial chanting at a designated football match after attending a police station in Portsmouth.

Sherrington continued: "Our inquiry is aimed at identifying and putting before the court those individuals who engaged in unacceptable behaviour at this public event.

"Their abuse caused distress to some supporters and was targeted at an individual. I'd urge anyone who recognises these people to contact us as soon as possible."

Portsmouth have reiterated that there is "no place" for homophobia in football and have welcomed a police investigation to help stamp it out.

Pompey's communications director, Gary Double, said: "I think anything which can stamp out this sort of abuse in football and in society in general is a good thing.

"There is no place for it in football and that is the view of most people in the game and most fans. The police involvement in this matter can have a positive effect."

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