The Football Association has cancelled a friendly football match between England and Holland following riots in London that have diverted the resources of police throughout England. The match was scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 10th August 2011.
Saying that emergency services were unable to guarantee the safety of visiting fans, the footballing body promised to refund tickets.
In a statement, the FA explained: “Due to concerns regarding emergency service provision the authorities have advised us that under the terms of our safety certificate we are unable to host this fixture, or guarantee the safety of visiting supporters or the teams”.
Fans do not need to return their tickets – refunds will be automatically processed within 21 days.
Meanwhile, the Nottingham Derby between Nottingham Forest and Notts County passed off peacefully on Tuesday night despite 84 arrests for rioting in other parts of the city. A short statement from the police was relayed over the stadium PA system and was met with the spontaneous applause of 23,000 fans. The match finished 3-3 and was won by Nottingham Forest on penalties.
No disturbances were recorded in connection with the football match. Superintendent Mark Holland praised the fans and the organisers of the match for their “impeccable” behaviour.