Tottenham v Everton match called off by Premier League over riot concerns
Riots hit the top-flight
The Premier League opener between Tottenham and Everton has been postponed because of ongoing worries about rioting in London.
The decision was announced by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore this morning (we’re just surprised he didn’t suggest the fixture be played in Malaysia).
He said: “The very latest situation is that Tottenham and Everton has gone. The police have done a fantastic job, but it’s been a crime scene all week and the council have not had enough time to do what they need.
“The other nine fixtures are looking positive, subject to any more trouble.
“At 6pm tonight we will have a very clear picture. The Tottenham game is a real shame but we support the police in what they are doing.
“They want these games to go on as much as we do.”
The public order problems started in Tottenham last Saturday, and a decision has been reached that it would be too dangerous to host the match due to damage that has been caused to and around the stadium.
A Tottenham statement said: “Following ongoing discussions with the necessary authorities regarding this weekend’s Premier League home match against Everton, it has now been confirmed that this fixture will be postponed due to safety concerns relating to the infrastructure of the High Road and access to the stadium caused by last Saturday’s riots.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters due to matters outside of the control of the club. We shall update fans on when this fixture will be rearranged in due course.”