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Football fixtures cancelled following nights of violence

Tue 9th Aug 2011 | Safety & Security

England’s international friendly against Holland at Wembley tomorrow night has been called off as police and officials met to discuss the impact of the London riots which have stretched the capital’s police force.

A statement released this morning by the FA read: “It is with regret that tomorrow’s (Wednesday 10 August) international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off.”

The decision follows the advice of police officials who have been stretched following a series of riots across the capital.

A number of Carling Cup matches have also been called off in the capital at Charlton, West Ham, and Crystal Palace as well as Bristol City’s game against Swindon Town following outbreaks of violence in many other cities across the country.

A statement by Bristol City read: “Given events in Bristol overnight, and across the country at present, the Police have taken the sensible decision to postpone the fixture following consultation with both clubs.”

City chairman Colin Sexstone said: "It's disappointing but we totally understand the reasons given by the Police.

"Clearly the most important factor is people's safety and these are exceptional circumstances the Police are dealing with."

The riots which began on Saturday night in Tottenham have had a major affect on the capital. Yesterday Tottenham Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: "As a major employer and business in the area, the Club is deeply saddened by recent events.

“We are concerned about the disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole. The situation has also meant that vandals have unfortunately been able to use the events as an opportunity to loot and destroy property and business premises.

“This is the second time this has happened in our area in recent times. Our hope is that calm and order is restored as soon as possible and that we can now look to rebuild the area and the spirit of the community.

‪"Through the work of the Club in our neighbourhood, we know that there is a strong sense of community in Tottenham and that recent events will only serve to strengthen the resolve of all of us to improve the area and quality of lives of those who live and work within it. "

‪Tottenham Hotspur have worked closely for years, directly and through its Foundation, with Haringey Council, elected politicians and community groups to support a community which has one of the highest rates of deprivation in the country.

‪Daniel Levy continued, "We have immediately offered further support to the community and are discussing how best to tangibly assist with the aftermath of these events with our local MP David Lammy and Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council.

“The Club is committed to supporting its community with help with both the physical clean up of our area and the longer term rebuilding of the community spirit.

‪"It is more critical than ever that community, business and political leaders - local and national, public and private – now work closely together to support the regeneration of this area and we shall certainly look to play our part in that.”

Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation added, "The Foundation is integral to the work that this community does to help local people and, with the support of key partners, we are ready to work in helping to bring the area together as we all endeavour to rebuild morale and the local spirit. "

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