Policeman may be among Sol Campbell homophobic abuse suspects

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One of 16 men wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse aimed at a footballer during a match last month may be a serving police officer.

The Evening Standard reports that Essex police are in contact with Hampshire colleagues over claims an Essex officer was one of the men sought over the incident at Fratton Park, Portsmouth FC’s ground, on September 28th.

Seven people are being questioned on suspicion of indecent or racial chanting at a designated football match.

Yesterday a 36-year-old man from Wokingham, Surrey and a 28-year-old man from Ringwood, Hampshire were bailed until January 21.

Both handed themselves in to police after the photos were published online and in newspapers.

A police spokesman said:

“Officers have received a steady stream of information and names.

“However, they are keen to stress that they would like to hear from anyone who recognises the remaining seven people.”

Portsmouth FC’s Sol Campbell, a former England defender, was subject to abusive taunts from the crowd during a Premiership game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham fans reportedly dislike Mr Campbell due to his transfer from Tottenham to rival team Arsenal in 2001.

Homophobic abuse is against the rules at every Premier League and Football League club.

The Football Association’s decision to amend the ground regulations was approved in 2007 after consultation with the leagues.

Anyone with further information should contact Operation Decorum on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.