England v Holland friendly cancelled

London riots force police and FA to call off Wednesday’s football

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Tomorrow’s international friendly match between England and Holland has been cancelled, following continued rioting in London.

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After talks with the Metropolitan Police this morning, the Football Association released a short statement on its website:

“It is with regret that tomorrow’s (Wednesday 10 August) international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off.”

With nearby Harlesden and Brent Cross already having been subjected to shocking attacks, and no guarantees that riots will not continue, the police have decided they cannot commit the resources required to deal with a 70,000-strong crowd of football fans gathering at Wembley Stadium.

A police spokesperson said: “Every football match is subject to some form of assessment around police resources and this game is no different.”

Yesterday, League Cup matches due to be hosted tonight by West Ham, Crystal Palace and Charlton were postponed on police advice as rioting and looting spread through the capital.

The England versus Holland match was to be shown on ITV1 tomorrow night at 7:30pm. There has been no confirmation yet as to what will replace it but changes will be reflected in RadioTimes.com’s listings.

A BBC news special on the riots begins at 11:00am today on BBC1, with continued coverage on rolling news channels. 

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Yesterday’s 10:00pm edition of the BBC News covering the riots pulled in an average audience of 7.7 million, a staggering increase on usual figures of around 4-5 million.