The soccer match between England and the Netherlands, scheduled for Wednesday at Wembley Stadium, has been called off after a third night of rioting and looting in and around London.
“It is with regret that tomorrow’s international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off,” the Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday. It made the decision after conferring with British government and Metropolitan Police officials.
“We will remain in the Netherlands,” Dutch football association spokeswoman Monique Kessel said. “It’s a shame.”
About 70,000 tickets had been sold for the match.
“The disturbances in London are such that all available police capacity is being reserved for that,” the Dutch football association said in a statement. “Given that a large event such as an international match at Wembley requires policing, it has been decided not to let it be played.”
Riots continued in London, prompting the return of Prime Minister David Cameron from vacation as people were setting fire to buildings and automobiles, looting stores and attacking police officers. In the Peckham district, where England defender Rio Ferdinand grew up, rioters torched a building and a bus.
England vs Holland game is off, good call. Who wants to see a game of football when our country is in turmoil.
I can't tell the youths exactly what to do but stealing tv's + trainers+burning innocent peoples houses+shops aint solving nothing at all.
These riots are nuts why would people do this to there own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please
Four League Cup matches scheduled for Tuesday had already been called off.