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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 08/09/2011

London riots threaten Premier League, but Olympic tests are still on


A FIVB Beach Volley International Olympic test event tournament proceeded today, with the United States playing Uganda at Horse Guards Parade, site of the 2012 London Olympics beach volleyball competition. (Sang Tan / AP)
The Premier League and Football League are in discussions to determine whether this weekend’s games will be played in the wake of rioting in London and other areas, but organizers of the 2012 Olympics are proceeding with test events.

Two friendlies — England vs. Netherlands at Wembley and Ghana vs. Nigeria at Watford’s Vicarage Road — have been called off and Carling Cup fixtures have been postponed.

“The Premier League and Football League are saddened by the recent incidents of civil unrest and the effect it is having on local communities,” they said in a joint statement. “We are in ongoing discussions with our London-based clubs, the Metropolitan Police and statutory authorities in regard to the staging of the coming weekend's fixtures in the capital.

“The Metropolitan Police has conveyed to us the dynamic nature of the current situation and with that in mind all parties will review the situation on Thursday and make a further public statement at that time.

“With the information currently available to us there is no reason to think any matches outside of London will be affected. We are conscious of the need to keep fans informed of any developments and will, of course, keep them as up-to-date as possible through club, league and media channels.”

In the Premier League, Fulham Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers are hosting games; in the Football League, Palace, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Barnet are playing at home.

A beach volleyball test tournament featuring the United States and Uganda took place today at Horse Guards Parade, site of beach volleyball competition in the Olympics next summer. The Surrey Cycle classic, a test event for the race that will go through the streets of London, is expected to be held Sunday. The marathon swimming event Saturday at Hyde Park is still on.

“A lot of detailed work has taken place regarding security plans for the Games and we will continue to review them together with the Met Police and the Home Office over the coming year,” an Olympics spokeswoman told the Daily Mail.

Olympic officials said they were unaware of any damage to venues.

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