Police may ask the Football
Association to cancel tomorrow night's friendly football international between England and Holland.
Rioting and large scale civil disobedience in London have left the
Metropolitan Police stretched and it's thought they may not be willing or able to
supply officers to police the game when those officers could be deployed to stop
further rioting in the capital.
Last night, several outbreaks of violence and looting occurred near Wembley stadium, where 70,000 tickets have been sold for the match, including in Harlesden and
Meanwhile, three matches have been cancelled for tonight. They were all first-round ties in the
League Cup. West Ham's date with Aldershot, Charlton's meeting against Reading and the
Crystal Palace match with Crawley have all been axed.
An estimated 6000 officers were on duty last night across the capital but
they could still not prevent widespread rioting in large
numbers of areas, with many businesses looted and serious attacks of
arson on buildings.
And Peckham-raised England defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted his shock last night.
"The scenes on Sky news right now are shocking..what is this all in aid of?? Innocent peoples [sic] homes + livelihoods have gone up in smoke-why?" he tweeted.
'It seems these kids/people have no fear or respect for the police….maybe the army will get that respect??
And Ferdinand's England and Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney also pleaded for the trouble to stop.
Rooney tweted: 'These riots are nuts why would people do this to there [sic] own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.'