England-Netherlands match called off amid violence

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“Who wants to see a game of football when our country is in turmoil,” Ferdinand wrote on Twitter while watching the violence unfold on television at the England team hotel.

Ferdinand also described the escalating violence as “madness” and questioned whether soldiers should be put on the streets.

“I can’t tell the youths exactly what to do but stealing tv’s + trainers+burning innocent peoples houses+shops aint solving nothing at all,” Ferdinand wrote.

England teammate Wayne Rooney appealed for an end to the violence.

“These riots are nuts why would people do this to there (sic) own country. Own city,” the striker wrote on Twitter. “This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.”

Netherlands forward Rafael van der Vaart also expressed his sadness.

“Too bad the game against England has been canceled…was looking forward to it, Wembley,” the Tottenham player tweeted. “Terrible for London what’s happening there now.”

The violence first broke out late Saturday around Tottenham, a low-income district in north London where outraged protesters demonstrated against the fatal police shooting of man who was gunned down in disputed circumstances on Thursday.

Tottenham’s soccer club is working to make sure that its Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday can go still go ahead despite damage to a ticket office at White Hart Lane.

Four League Cup matches scheduled for Tuesday have already been called off. West Ham, which was to host Aldershot, said police told the east London club that “all major public events in London were to be rearranged.”

In south London, Charlton’s match against Reading and Crystal Palace’s fixture against Crawley also were postponed.

The clashes with police also spread beyond London for the first time on Monday night, leading to Bristol City’s League Cup match against Swindon being called off.

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