Fans Charged with Hurling Abuse at Ex-Spurs Hero Sol; Targeted: Sol Campbell Wins a Header against Roman Pavlyuchenko during Portsmouth's Premier League Clash at Fratton Park Last Year. Spurs Fans Have Been Charged over Alleged Abuse Aimed at the Player during the Clash in September

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Fans Charged with Hurling Abuse at Ex-Spurs Hero Sol; Targeted: Sol Campbell Wins a Header against Roman Pavlyuchenko during Portsmouth's Premier League Clash at Fratton Park Last Year. Spurs Fans Have Been Charged over Alleged Abuse Aimed at the Player during the Clash in September


Byline: MARCO GIACOMELLI

ELEVEN fans, including a 13-year-old boy, were today charged with indecent chanting directed at Sol Campbell during Tottenham's match against Portsmouth.

Two 15-year-old boys are also among those charged by police investigating alleged racist and homophobic abuse at Fratton Park in September, when the Pompey defender faced his former club.

The 11 have been bailed by police to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court a week today.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said a further five men captured in photos taken at the game were still being sought.

The three juveniles charged cannot be named, while the adults are Dean Nelson, 23, of Southbury Road, Enfield; Bradley Barnes, 35, of Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth; Oliver Silvester, 28, of High Street, Southampton; Stuart Turner, 34, of Queen Street, Wellington, Telford; Richard Allen Gibbs, 35, of Ormonde Road, Wokingham; Ian Trow, 48, of Kingshill Drive, Deans Hanger, Milton Keynes; Keith Stevens, 54, of Portland Close, Hailsham and Joe Turner, 18, of The Lindons, Langdon Hills, Basildon.

The police spokeswoman added that no further action would be taken against another man, aged 18, from Essex.

The charges come just five days before Tottenham and Portsmouth play each other at White Hart Lane. This will be their first meeting since September and the first time Harry Redknapp has faced Portsmouth since he moved to White Hart Lane.

His former club yesterday appealed to their fans to behave on Sunday and said in a statement: "With the possibility of heightened tension, we implore our travelling supporters to maintain their excellent reputation as ambassadors for Portsmouth Football Club. …

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