thefa.com: The English Football Association

The English Football Association [FA] has finally cancelled England’s upcoming friendly game against Holland due to the London riots and instability in the country.

The ongoing riots and looting have continued for the third straight day, initiating from Tottenham, which made the FA to take such a step ahead of the big game.

The game has already sold around 70,000 tickets, but the officials say that the authority had little choice but to scrap the game.

The officials added that the Metropolitan Police had earlier advised FA to call off the game as they were unsure about the magnitude of the violence and what form it will take in the forthcoming days.

“It is with regret that tomorrow’s (Wednesday 10 August) international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off,” said a report in FA’s officials website.

The decision comes just after Carling Cup matches at Upton Park and The Valley were cancelled by the English Authorities. Currently West Ham v Aldershot, Bristol City v Swindon, Crystal Palace v Crawley Town and Charlton v Reading, all have been cancelled.


REUTERS/Toby Melville: Police officers in riot gear drag a man along a street in Hackney in London.

Top officials believe the ongoing riots and instability in London could threaten the start of this year’s English Premier League. The riots could delay the EPL opener between Tottenham and Everton.

The ongoing Cricket Test match between England and India at Edgbaston, however, will continue although there has been trouble reported in Birmingham, according to a Caught offside report.

Stars such as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have appealed to people of UK to stop the riots and violence in the country.

“These riots are nuts why would people do this to there own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please,” Rooney said in his Twitter account.