London: Sporting events in England have taken a direct hit due to the recent incidents of widespread rioting. With latest reports revealing that the unrest has spread to Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham, the first to be called off was the England-Holland friendly which was scheduled to take place at Wembley on Wednesday.
Football Association said in a statement that the match had to be called off due to the violence and that it was an unfortunate measure which just had to be taken. The Dutch team was scheduled to arrive in London on Tuesday morning but the Metropolitan Police advised against the match. Close to 70,000 tickets were sold for the clash and it is unclear yet on how fans will be reimbursed.
The BBC has also reported that two first round matches of the Carling Cup - West Ham United versus Aldershot Town and Charlon Athletic versus Reading - have been postponed in the light of the recent unrest.