The England v Netherlands match has been postponed due to the widespread rioting in London of the past three days. Contact to the FA was made by the London Police to urge the cancellation of the game to which the Football Association confirmed today via their website.
TheFA.com posted “It is with regret that tomorrow’s (Wednesday 10 August) international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off.”
Carling Cup 1st round matches at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City have also been called off with fans hoping that the remaining Carling Cup matches this evening are not targets of the trouble that is now spreading across the UK. Reports of trouble in Liverpool and Bristol added to last night’s report of rioting and fires in Birmingham.
With the age of the “protestors” in question, and the indiscriminatory attacks against anyone, including reporters from Sky, ITN and CNN, the decision has been applauded by more circles with thousands of football fans hitting the streets a definite burden to a difficult night for the police.
We’ll know by 11pm tonight if football becomes a big part of this ongoing nonsense in the South of England. There are still plenty of exciting friendly matches to watch this evening, see Live Football Streams for tonight’s full online coverage.