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England, Netherlands soccer game called off as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney call for end to London riots

Police officers in Clapham Junction in south London. (STEFAN WERMUTH / AP)

“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.less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyRio Ferdinand

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.less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyRio Ferdinand

These riots are nuts why would people do this to there own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop pleaseless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyWayne Rooney

Four League Cup matches scheduled for Tuesday had already been called off.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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