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Blackburn boss Hughes: Fans abuse always there

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes believes players are feeling a backlash of resentment from fans who are disillusioned with the amount of money in football.

Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell spoke out this week, claiming the abuse from crowds is worse than ever, while the England international's club boss Harry Redknapp has also complained about the number of derogatory comments that seem to be directed at players and officials.

"I haven't noticed it being worse than ever. I think it has always been there," he said.

"Should we accept it? I don't know - but I think we do, because it has always been there.

"I think maybe there is a little bit of disdain for footballers, more dislike from possibly the perception that they earn vast amounts of money.

"Maybe that is the driving cause behind the feeling that it is getting more personal and directed at individuals."

Unfortunately, because it is almost ingrained in the culture of football, Hughes sees very little likelihood of being able to stamp it out altogether.

But he called on supporters everywhere to help try to eradicate it by seeking to cut it out at source.

"It is impossible to police. It is very difficult for stewards or police or anyone to get involved because of the vast numbers involved," he believes.

"What needs to happen is for people in the crowd hearing these things being said by the people sat next to them to police them."

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