Jol blasts 'irresponsible' Mido over Sol slur

September 30, 2006

Tottenham head coach Martin Jol has rapped Egyptian striker Mido for his 'irresponsible and disrespectful' comments about former White Hart Lane hero Sol Campbell.

Mido caused a storm by labelling former England defender Campbell as 'one of the easiest defenders I have played against' ahead of Sunday's home clash with Portsmouth.

Pompey manager Harry Redknapp called Mido's comments 'arrogant' and now Jol has told his player to let his football do the talking instead.

Campbell, now with the south coast club, is still a figure of hate among Spurs fans after he quit on a free transfer to join north London rivals Arsenal in July 2001.

Jol said: 'I have spoken to Mido and he is well aware that this is not the kind of comment you make about a fellow player.

'Given the feelings that still run high about Sol among our supporters, Mido's comments were not only disrespectful, they were also irresponsible.

'I have told him to let his football do the talking in the future.'

Better news for Jol though is the return of Dimitar Berbatov for tomorrow's clash with high-flying Pompey.

The Bulgaria striker has missed five games since returning from international duty with a groin problem.

Captain and England defender Ledley King is also expected to return from his knee injury with midfielder Edgar Davids (ankle), full-back Paul Stalteri (hamstring) and striker Jermain Defoe (ankle) also in the frame for selection.

Jol added: 'Berbatov is in the squad and Ledley King will probably be fit to play.

'Paul Stalteri, Edgar Davids and Jermain Defoe have had fitness tests and could also be involved.'