August 9th, 2011

Friendly Fire: England vs. Holland Postponed

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The England NT friendly vs. Holland that was scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow has been postponed due to the sporadic rioting that has paralysed England’s capital over the last couple of days.

This might be disappointing, but like many people, we are devastated to see our beloved London burning and would support any action that will free up policing to bring the situation under control. Rio Ferdinand, who was born and brought up in Peckham (one of the areas affected by the unrest), has tweeted his support for the postponement and also his distress at the scenes being played out on UK media outlets. His Manchester United team mate Wayne Rooney also expressed bewilderment and pleaded for calm.

Whether their words will have any effect, we don’t know, but if you are based in London and want to do something to help or just cheer yourself up, check out #riotcleanup on Twitter.

Normal service will be resumed shortly. In the meantime, why not tell us what you think?

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25 Responses to “Friendly Fire: England vs. Holland Postponed”

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  2. xbabyshakesx says:

    hope everyone is safe and riots stop soon!

  3. JA7 says:

    To all my kickette soliders in England, please stay safe! My thoughts and prayers are with you <3

  4. Fatima says:

    This riot is useless and pointless i think it's time the police force give up being soft and use their guns, i mean it's the only way they are gonna keep order… it's horrible… i mean yeah the first night there was a point, but now it's just youths who are doing it for fun… it's sickening
    I'm glad they are postponing the match, it's just wrong to have a match at a time when the countries in so much trouble… but sad that they might postpone the new season, i was looking forward to it!!

  5. April says:

    Still curious about what tripped this whole thing off. Our news on international topics isn't exactly stellar, but is this really all over the shooting of a potential criminal and interpreted racism from that? If so, shame it came to destruction to more innocent and undeserving victims rather than getting to the bottom of the real cause of the shooting. Sincerest condolences to all those touched by this and prayers for a speedy resolution!

    • Leya_S says:

      I agree. I have yet to fully understand the cause of this rioting. Even the details surrounding the death of Mark Duggan are a bit fuzzy. The BBC says the rioting is just opportunistic. I can't even think of a single good reason for looting and rioting…..because there is none. My prayers go out to everyone being affected by this tragedy.

    • Raincitygirl says:

      It doesn't help that the police initially lied their asses off about the circumstances of Mark Duggan's death
      http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-arti…

      I don't think the rioting is political anymore. If it was, the rioters would be targeting police stations, not high street shops with expensive portable goods. But I think there are plenty of valid reasons for people living in poor, majority-minority neighbourhoods to be cynical about the police and mistrust the initial police account of Mark Duggan's shooting.

      • April says:

        Can't say we are strangers to riots starting because of suspect police behavior (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King)... a big cause to be angry over, but it really does leave me gutted to see how it often impacts innocent people more than the source of the anger. I definitely don't want to pretend I understand the anger that is causing this… but I wish I did. Seems there has to be a better way to be heard :(

        Hope all the readers and families in the troubled areas is keeping safe!

  6. Kat says:

    Definitely the right call. And well said, Kickette, the police definitely need to be focusing and getting things under control, not on providing security for what is still, after all, just a football match.

    I feel sick to my stomach watching the news. It boggles the mind how people (some of them mere teenagers) could do this to innocent, homeowners and shopowners. Years of hard work, paying off loans down the drain at the whim of these rioters. God bless them and their families.

    As for the rioters, four words: KARMA is a BITCH.

  7. Hot4Spurs says:

    This is awful. I never understand why frustrations are taken out on innocent people. This is never an effective way to air any grievance with the police or government. Sadly I think they feel as though this type of protest speaks louder than a peaceful one.

    • doug says:

      NBC News interviewed a fellow that said 2000 people last year marched on Scotland Yard police practices, peacefully, and nary a word of it made the press or TV. Nothing excuses the burning of people's homes, but there's your reason for it happening…..along with the abject poverty and lack of prospects for people.

      Austerity measures as a result of the wealthy gambling big and foisting their losses onto the public have consequences, I'm afraid. But again I say that I hope everyone who set light to anyone's home or business is rounded up and put in prison for a very long time.

  8. Agnes Wonka says:

    I think it was a good decition to postpone the match.
    Just hope everything ends in a good way, though the damages are big.
    This is what happen when people suffer impunity, they lose their senses. My country suffers insecurity too, but I hope we don't end up in the same way.

    All my condolences and prayers to people in England :)

  9. IrishBlue says:

    Rio got it spot on, I've been watching on the Sky news, it's so sad and scary how so many lives are being ruined by mindless violence. My thoughts are with all those innocent people who have lost so much.

  10. Tapioca (a Londoner) says:

    But what will all the looters watch now on their looted TVs?!! Totally the right decision to postpone the match.

    I do think it will be over soon because honest, hardworking, community-spirited folk don't take this cr*p for long, and the mindless thugs are in a very small minority. Fingers crossed and pray to whichever god you happen to believe in!

  11. Kat22 says:

    Watching the news last night you couldn't help feeling sick to your stomach.

    On Sky they spoke to two brothers, whose furniture store was burned to the ground. It had been in the family for five generations and even survived the war. Listening to those two men talk on the phone and hearing the utter devastation in their voices was just heartbreaking.
    They have lost their livelihood, along with their sixteen employees.

    It is just sickening and sadly I don't think it's over yet.

    • black widow says:

      that store is in central croydon, literally down the road from where i used to live. i am heartbroken, just devastated, to see what these feral thugs are doing to my beloved country. when will it end? :(

  12. Miss Lampard says:

    I think that they do the best thing and right for the particular moment, postponing the match. For the supporters and for all that have already paid the ticket may will be a bit disappointing. But playing in this particular and I think difficult and delicate moment would mean to take some risks, and maybe will bring chaos. I don't know how is the situation now in London and actually I don't know all the reasons for these disorders, 'cause although I love London, I'm not form England and I can only judge based on the info that televisions and journals show us, but I think that this was the right thing to do and I share Rio thoughts.

  13. Gladys says:

    My heart goes out to all the people effected by the violence. (Hugs to both Rio and Rooney for putting it so well.) Thanks for tipping us off to #riotcleanup. It's amazing to see how people come together to help in the midst of so much craziness. And Kickette, I hope you and your friends and family are all safe and sound.

  14. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Our Thoughts is with East London and people who lost their jobs and houses. It is useless riot, with no purpose. Rio was right he tweeted the perfect thing to say :) .

    • Thea says:

      For once we can agree! Awful and silly riots that will have no good come of them

    • Lotte says:

      Riots like these brings forth the worst in people. It's meaningless and opportunistic. I hope it will soon be gone so that the sensible people can walk the streets again.