REVEALED: Why Arsenal legend Campbell refused to appear after halftime against West Ham

The story behind Sol Campbell's infamous refusal to go on after halftime of Arsenal's clash with West Ham United in 2006 has been revealed.

The story behind Sol Campbell's infamous refusal to go on after halftime of Arsenal's clash with West Ham United in 2006 has been revealed.

What really happened at the time has been revealed in an extract from the former England defender's biography.

Published in The Sunday Times, the book reveals: "As Campbell walked off the pitch he heard someone shout abuse and make the gesture of a hand fashioned into the shape of a gun.

"It was pointed in his direction. As the index finger pulled the trigger, the fan's lips made a little explosion and the mouth stretched itself into a bayonet smile.

"The fan did not flinch. He continued to stare. And to sneer.

"At half-time Campbell was not his usual self in the Arsenal dressing room. 'I can't go on'', Campbell said gently.

"Gary Lewin, the Arsenal physio, said: 'What?'

"Thierry Henry recalls: 'He had his boots off and I said, ''Come on Sol, put those on and let's get on with the game''.'

 
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