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England, Netherlands match off after riots

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LONDON — England’s football friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley today has been called off following three nights of rioting in London.

The Football Association (FA) confirmed the decision on their website yesterday.

Carling Cup matches at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City have all been postponed.

However, Edgbaston officials say the third Test between England and India starting in Birmingham today will go ahead as planned.

BBC Sport understands the Premier League has had talks with the police over this weekend’s matches involving London clubs but believe it is too early for a decision to be taken.

The FA’s managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington wrote on Twitter: “Disappointing for game to be called off, but very good communication with Met (Metropolitan Police), Brent (Council]) and Government today — sensible decision.”

Bert van Oostveen, chief executive of the Dutch federation the KNVB, explained: “The police in London could not guarantee the safety of our players and our supporters.”

The England team were still planning to train as normal at London Colney on Tuesday morning, before returning to their respective clubs.

England general manager Franco Baldini told BBC Sport: “At least we got the chance to stay together and have a training session. We are a bit disappointed — but mainly because of what has happened to London. All the rest is not that important. The next time we’ll get together will be before the Bulgaria game on 29 August.”

No decision has been taken regarding tickets, with the FA set to make an announcement later.
—BBC Sport

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