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Pompey's James expects heated atmosphere at Spurs

Pompey's James expects heated atmosphere at Spurs

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James expects a heated atmosphere during Sunday's Premier League match at Tottenham despite both teams' requests for fans to behave.
Tottenham followed Pompey's example this week by asking its supporters to behave respectfully at a match at risk of trouble because of the teams' recent history, but the England goalkeeper said fans were entitled to voice their feelings _ within reason.
Spurs sold several players to Pompey over the past three years before hiring its manager and star striker this season, while police are still investigating racial and homophobic abuse directed at Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell, a former Tottenham player, at the reverse fixture in September.
"You pay your way and you are entitled to your opinion. As long as it is not racist or homophobic _ give stick," James said. "It is football. You can't all be happy chaps going around saying everyone's wonderful."
Since the clubs met in September, Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth to take charge at White Hart Lane. He has since returned to sign striker Jermain Defoe earlier this month.
James said those moves would fuel the atmosphere on Sunday.
"As Isaac Newton said, there is an equal and opposite reaction to every action," James said.
Redknapp will be leading Tottenham against his former club for the first time, having guided Portsmouth to a 2-0 win over Spurs in September.
Defoe will be going for his first goal since returning from a yearlong stint with Pompey, which could have former Tottenham players Peter Crouch, Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis and Campbell in its squad.
Victory for Tottenham would lift it out of the relegation zone and above Portsmouth in the standings.


Updated : 2021-07-23 23:15 GMT+08:00