FA statement: England v Holland
Tuesday, 09 August, 2011
Updated information on cancelled friendly.
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Wednesday's international fixture with Holland at Wembley has been called off.
Following the events in Greater London The FA has this morning held discussions with the Metropolitan Police, the Government and Brent Council. We have received clear advice that due to the sporadic and widespread nature of the unrest there are significant concerns in relation to the available emergency service resource to safely police the fixture.
In light of these concerns regarding policing and emergency service provision the authorities have advised us that under the terms of our safety certificate we are unable to host the fixture, or guarantee the safety of visiting supporters or the teams. For these reasons the game cannot go ahead.
The FA wishes to make clear it is in complete agreement with the advice of the Metropolitan Police, the Government and Brent Council.
The Dutch FA (KNVB) were informed of the decision prior to their scheduled departure from Holland, and we thank them for their co-operation and support during this difficult period.
England Players' Statement
“We’re disappointed that tomorrow’s game has been called off but obviously we understand the reasons behind the decision – and support it.
“We’ve all seen the terrible pictures on the television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public.
“At this time, the whole squad would like to appeal for calm and an end to the disorder.”
General Admission tickets for this fixture will be refunded in full, click here for full details