In an interview with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves, former England international Sol Campbell apologised to fans of Tottenham Hotspur for leaving the club to join hated rivals Arsenal back in 2001, as reported by Ashley Clements of The Daily Mail.
The star defender didn't express any regret because of the successful period that followed when he joined the Gunners, but he was sorry for any pain he might have caused Spurs fans and regretted the manner of his departure:
I'm sorry about the situation with me going and I’m sorry how it happened
I’m not going to apologise for the move (to Arsenal) because I was very successful.
I’m sorry about the hurt it inflicted on them.
Campbell also revealed he still faces the consequences of the move until this day, with Tottenham fans still giving him stick more than a decade later.
The three-time England captain sparked some controversy last month when his autobiography suggested he wasn't made captain of the national squad until late in his career because of his skin-colour.
Stretty News' Richard Cann summed up the feelings for Campbell:
I'm surprised that Sol Campbell can stand up with the weight of that chip on his shoulder.— Richard Cann (@RichardCann76) March 15, 2014
Fans, were equally less supportive of Campbell's message, as one might have guessed:
Sol Campbell: "I always wanted to win the league at White Hart Lane... So i left and joined Arsenal."— Raymond (@proudly_gooner) March 15, 2014
Managed to watch 3 minutes of the Sol Campbell sky sports interview before I had to stop. Couldn't take him seriously.— Karl Musmann (@TenDogz) March 15, 2014
While Campbell's message was no doubt well intended, it is difficult to imagine fans suddenly deciding to forgive a player for moving to the one team Spurs fans hate the most.
Sunday's clash with Arsenal was already shaping up to be a good one with the Gunners still chasing the Premier League title, but Campbell's apology might just have given fans and players some extra motivation going into the tie.