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England v Holland Cancelled Due To London Riots

Wembley clash called off due to safety concerns.

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The Football Association have cancelled England’s friendly against Holland tomorrow night because of the riots in the nation’s capital.

The third night of violence and looting has made the FA act as the disturbances have spread from Tottenham, where the trouble arose on Saturday evening.

The Metropolitan Police have advised the FA to take the step as their resources are stretched to the limit and they are unaware how much the violence will spread or continue.

There was little alternative other than to scrap the contest, for which around 70,000 tickets had been sold.

A statement from the FA read: “It is with regret that tomorrow’s international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off.”

The match in latest to be hit after tonight’s Carling Cup fixtures at Upton Park and The Valley were postponed on police advice.

So far Charlton v Reading, Crystal Palace v Crawley Town, West Ham v Aldershot, and Bristol City v Swindon have been cancelled.

If the unrest continues, over the coming nights it will surely cast doubts over whether the opening fixtures for the 2011/12 Premier League season will take place this weekend.

As yet, the cricket Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston will continue despite trouble over night in Birmingham.

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