Violence Postpones Match in Tottenham

Violence in Tottenham, North London

Due to Violence and Unrest Tottenham Hotspur Opening Match v Everton Cancelled

Fires blazed in north London on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, after a demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze.
One police officer was hospitalized and seven others were injured during riots after Tottenham exploded in anger Saturday night following a gathering to protest the Thursday shooting by police of the 29-year-old.

The London Metropolitan police has admitted it “had not anticipated” the extreme violence that saw police attacked and buildings and vehicles set on fire during sustained rioting in Tottenham, in north London.

According to a press release, the Premier League has confirmed that the opening Spurs match of Tottenham Hotspur v Everton has been cancelled.

Tottenham Hotspur have been forced to postpone their opening day clash against Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday with the clean-up operation from the recent violence near the club still ongoing.

The Premier League has revealed that the remainder of the opening weekend matches scheduled will go ahead as planned.

A Premier League statement read, ‘Following on-going discussions with the Metropolitan Police, statutory authorities and clubs in London, the Premier League can confirm that, aside from the postponed Tottenham Hotspur v Everton match, all League games in the capital will go ahead as scheduled this weekend’.

‘The Premier League has worked closely with the authorities and London-based clubs throughout the recent civil unrest to ensure matches are staged in accordance with supporter safety. While all efforts were made to try and facilitate the Tottenham Hotspur v Everton match by the Metropolitan Police and the local authority, the situation on the Tottenham High Road proved too difficult to overcome.”

“The Premier League would like to thank the Metropolitan Police and all the other relevant police forces for their efforts and on-going communication during this difficult time. Acting on current information from the authorities there is no reason to believe that matches outside of London will be affected at this time’.

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