In case you haven’t been paying attention, over the past few days riots have raged on the streets of London. On Monday night violence and looting spread throughout the British capital and several buildings were set ablaze. Up until tonight the riots have been unsettling, but a piece of news that came out a few hours ago has made them downright scary.
Several soccer matches scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled by the police due to the riots. League Cup matches between West Ham and Aldershot, Charlton and Reading and Crystal Palace and Crawley have been postponed. In addition to those cancellations, England’s friendly match against the Netherlands scheduled for Wednesday is also in jeopardy.
In case you couldn’t tell, this is insane. The English play soccer no matter what else is going on. This isn’t baseball.
Football-sized hail could be falling and you wouldn’t get so much as a delay in the action. This past winter the English Premier League actually canceled games during a blizzard, but not because the game couldn’t be played. No, instead officials were just worried about the safety of fans trying to commute to the games. That’s right, a foot of snow had fallen in the course of two days and they weren’t worried about the actual game action.
Obviously a fiery riot is as good a reason as any to cancel a soccer match, but I personally believe this will only serve to further anger the rioters. I mean, a soccer match might actually give them something to do other than throwing flaming garbage.
UPDATE: England’s friendly with the Dutch has now been canceled.