After a newspaper photo of Sol Campbell, who signed for Newcastle last week, seemed to indicate the former England and Arsenal defender was carrying a few extra pounds, message
board comments from Newcastle fans about his "fat belly" prompted Campbell to defend himself and lash out at the critics.
"It's pathetic," he said. "I had been training for three days - just three days! I am three weeks behind everyone else in preseason. Don't they know I have just got married and been on honeymoon? I accept that the picture wasn't flattering, and I do need to catch up on my level of fitness, but the training kit was not very flattering, and showed up all sorts of things.
"The truth is that I am now in better shape than when I started off back at Arsenal after a long layoff. I got myself back into shape at Arsenal, and I think I had a reasonably good end-half of the season."