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England Friendly cancelled due to London violence

08-10-2011 16:45 BJT

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A great international friendly that had been on tap for Wednesday in London has been called off in the wake of three nights of violence across the city.

England was set to take on World Cup runners-up The Netherlands at Wembley.

The fixture was called off by the English Football Association because they could not guarantee the safety of the teams or the fans in the aftermath of the violence that has rocked London.

England's players said they supported the decision and that at this time the most important thing is the safety of fans and the general public. The squad also appealed for calm and an end to the disorder on the streets.

Representatives of both England and The Netherlands are confident the fixture can be re-scheduled for a later date, possibly next year.

David Bernstein, English FA Chairman said, "There are thousands of supporters who would have been at the match. Millions of people would have watched this game and it's terribly sad that a major sports event of this sort has to be cancelled in this way but we have to put safety and security matters first. No question about that. I'm very sad indeed but I think we've done the only thing we can do. There was no choice in this situation."

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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