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Premier League chiefs mull postponement amid violence

sports Updated: Aug 10, 2011 23:45 IST

English Premier League chiefs will decide on Thursday whether the opening round of fixtures will go ahead as British cities grapple with widespread rioting, a statement said.

Although relative calm returned to London's streets on Tuesday night, outbreaks of violence in Birmingham and Manchester have raised fresh question marks against this weekend's Premier League kick-off.

Both the Premier League and Football League are to meet on Thursday to decide whether games in London this weekend will go ahead.

“The Premier League and Football League are saddened by the recent incidents of civil unrest and the effect it is having on local communities,” a joint statement said.

“We are in ongoing discussions with our London-based clubs, the Metropolitan Police and statutory authorities in regard to the staging of the coming weekend's fixtures in the capital.

“The Metropolitan Police has conveyed to us the dynamic nature of the current situation and with that in mind all parties will review the situation on Thursday and make a further public statement at that time.

“With the information currently available to us there is no reason to think any matches outside of London will be affected.

England's friendly against Holland, due to take place at Wembley on Wednesday, was scrapped.