Sol Campbell says it is ‘ridiculous’ he still receives abuse from Tottenham fans two decades after leaving for rivals Arsenal.
The former England defender spent more than 12 years at Spurs, rising through the youth ranks and going on to be a star for their first team.
After 315 appearances, he rejected the offer of a new contract and made the hugely controversial move across north London on a free transfer.
His decision to join Arsenal infuriated Tottenham fans, with Campbell branded a ‘Judas’ and subjected to sickening chants and death threats.
Campbell went on to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and scored in a Champions League final for Arsenal and, to this day, remains a figure of hate at Tottenham.
In a special talkSPORT documentary to be aired on Thursday, Being Sol Campbell, the Arsenal Invincible opened up on the vitriol he received – and still gets – over the switch and said it’s time to ‘move on’.
“It’s ridiculous because it happened such a long time ago,” he said. “Are you going to keep worrying about me when I’m 80 years old?
“I was 25 and now I’m 46. You’ve probably done things when you’re 25 or 15 or whatever. It doesn’t even make any sense now, move on.
“New team, new stadium, new type of lifestyle going forward, and still passing it around like a campfire story. It’s ridiculous.
“For me, it is what it is. We all made our decisions, you accept it and you move on.”
The abuse Campbell received from the terraces was disgusting, with fans regularly chanting racist and homophobic songs at him.
In 2009, four men received three-year banning orders after pleading guilty to shouting indecent chants at Campbell in a game between Portsmouth and Tottenham.
The 46-year-old believes far too many people got away with the abuse they aimed towards him over the years.
“It’s football. It’s a game. People go way beyond it and they touched on surfaces like race,” he said.
“People go way beyond football and forgot they went way beyond football and started encroaching on who you are, your personality, your family and things like that, which was bang out of order. That was not right.
“You couldn’t get away with it now. You’d get put inside or you’d get a criminal record. It’s different now, but back then people got away with it.
“The worst thing? Just the whole thing about who I am and what I was trying to do. People were saying I’m this and that, it was constant from MPs, to fans, to papers, news writers and radio. They all had their say, it was ridiculous.
“The chants at grounds, I’m not going to go into that because it was such a long time ago.
“People know what they did and they got away with it. Some didn’t, but a lot of people got away with it.”
Listen to ‘Being Sol Campbell’ on Thursday at 7pm on talkSPORT as the former England defender gives an inside look into his life – and discusses his pursuit to get back into football management