10 Aug 2011

Friendly against Holland cancelled due to riots

6:48 pm on 10 August 2011

The English Football Association chairman David Bernstein says he was "incredibly sad" to call off England's friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley on Thursday because of the widespread rioting and looting in the capital.

England's players also issued a statement, saying they've all seen the terrible pictures on television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public.

Bernstein says the decision to postpone the fixture was taken after discussions with the government, police and local council.

He says the FA received clear advice that due to the sporadic and widespread nature of the unrest there are significant concerns in relation to the available emergency service resource to safely police the fixture.

A number of today'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.