The Premier League has called off Saturday’s opening match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton Football Club due to the recent riots in London.

The game due to be played at White Hart Lane has been postponed until later in the season, as the local area saw widespread chaos following looting and vandalism. The area is not considered safe due to the extensive damage caused by the riots.

White Hart Lane

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed the news on Thursday morning. "In fairness to the police, they have done a fantastic job but they are unable to hand the Tottenham High Road, which as people will have seen has been pretty much a crime scene for much of this week, they are unable to hand that back to the council until Friday night,” he said.

"That doesn't give the council enough time to do what they need to do to clean it up and get a safety certificate issued. That is a regret but the other nine fixtures are looking positive."

Several football fixtures have already been affected by the riots. England's international friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday was called off, as was Ghana's friendly with Nigeria at Watford's Vicarage Road, which was due to take place on Tuesday.

Wednesday's Carling Cup tie between Bristol Rovers and Watford was postponed at the request of the police, following the cancellation of Tuesday's ties at West Ham, Crystal Palace, Charlton and Bristol City.

Posted on 11/08/2011