Saturday, August 13, 2011

EPL Fixtures

TVNZ.CO.NZ: EPL Fixtures: English Premier League Fixture: The EPL's chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed the game would be postponed on Thursday, and said the decision had been taken following advice from police.

"The very latest situation is that Tottenham and Everton has gone," Scudamore said. "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." Cahill said the welfare of police officers, firemen and ambulance workers had to come into strong consideration before the game could be played.

"We could only play for the right reasons," Cahill said following Australia's 2-1 friendly win over Wales in Cardiff on Wednesday night.

"The main thing is, you have to think about the police who are working day in, day out."

"The ambulance, the firemen - they are human beings," he said. "We need to reward them, people need to help them. "I know it's not up to us, but that is important."

The midfielder said the season could be extended by an extra week to accommodate the extraordinary situation. "For us if we have to sacrifice an extra week at the end of the season to finish off the games, then so be it," he said.

"For me, being in England for 14 years now, it's important that everyone pulls together and makes sure we get back together again.

"You have to make sure no-one gets hurt." Tottenham said the club had been powerless to prevent the postponement.

"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," the club said in a statement.

"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."

Spurs defender Michael Dawson expressed disappointment at the postponement but backed the decision. "The most important thing is the safety of the fans," Dawson said.

Tottenham was one of the worst hit areas in the rioting which rocked London for several days before a massive influx of police restored calm.
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