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England v Netherlands off

2011-08-09 11:21

London - England have cancelled Wednesday's international soccer friendly with the Netherlands at Wembley on police advice as forces focus on dealing with rioting and looting in the capital.

"It is with regret that Wednesday's international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called-off," the English Football Association (FA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

A number of Tuesday's English League Cup fixtures, including West Ham United's game against Aldershot Town and Charlton Athletic's match with Reading have also been cancelled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to hold crisis talks later on Tuesday after three nights of riots, looting and arson by masked, hooded youths wrecked shopping streets in many parts of London and spread to other cities across the country.

The riots have spread to the midlands city of Birmingham, where England play India in the third test starting on Wednesday, as well as Liverpool and Bristol.

Reuters

Comments
  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-09 12:08

    If this had happened in SA before world cup 2010 the poms would have gone mental. SKY news would have had a daily special feature on how SA is incapable of hosting tournament. Time for Olympic plan B I say. Durban for Olympics 2012, SA will save the day.

      Juan More - 2011-08-09 12:56

      You took the words right out of my mouth. In fact you may recall the terrorist attack on the northern border of Angola on the Togo team bus, 4,000km away, before the WC. They went mental enough then. SA for Olympics 2012! We are ready

      Sibusiso.J Mahlangu - 2011-08-09 13:09

      valid comment boet, very very valid comment........i was looking forward to this game, very disappointed ..... SA for Olympics 2012! We are ready

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-09 13:50

      You gotta point, but I think we will still be paying for the World Cup for a long time. We don't need to get lumped with another big payout by taxpayers.

  • Louis - 2011-08-09 12:40

    hulle kan ook maar bly wees want holland sou hulle erg pak gegee het

  • AmandaWhereTo - 2011-08-10 11:14

    Oooo that'll piss the English public off :) Rioters not gonna get much support from the locals now... douchbags.

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